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I would even go as far to wager that Margaret Rhodes is not only the Queen's cousin but a very dear lifelong friend. Margaret recently published a book called "The Final Curtsey - A Royal Memoir" which gives insightful gimpses into Margaret's life with the Queen and the Queen Mother.

The Final Curtsey: A Royal Memoir: Margaret Rhodes: 9781780270852: Amazon.com: Books
I have the book on my Kindle, and a friend of mine told me that it was an interesting read; but I haven't read it yet as I'm reading two large books already. The book 'My Story: Wartime Princess' is about Princess Margaret's life during the war (it's not written by her, by the way ) and in the book Margaret (Rhodes) is described as 'their very close friend.' So yes, I agree with you about the fact that Margaret Rhodes is a life long friend.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:32 PM
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Considering the sheer volume of people coming and going from HM estates, short of going with her to church on Sunday, it is probable easy for friends to come and go. Margaret Rhodes has chosen to step forward, and the queen approves.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:57 PM
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Of course many of her closest friends are probably family but I assumed that this discussion was more about those friends who were no also family.

She still has a number of first cousins living - The Dukes of Gloucester and Kent, Prince Michael and Princess Alexandra as well as those from her mother's side of the family such as Margaret Rhodes.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:15 PM
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The Queen I would guess has had friends throughout her lifetime, although given that she's 86 years old, most likely many of them have passed on or are well into their 70's and 80's.
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I believe there was a children's nurse, or nanny, known as "Bobo" and this lady became a very close friend and confidante up until the day she died. I think she was Queen Elizabeth's nanny when she was a child, and actually sat with her and comforted her during her labour with Prince Charles.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:12 AM
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Bobo became her dresser when Elizabeth grew up and was with her until she did indeed die.
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President Ronald Reagan and Nancy had a very close relationship with the Queen, would have been friends?
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Of course the Queen has friends though most of her friends tend to be titled and from 'her circle.' As for royalty, I do know the Queen is friends with both the Queen of Denmark and Queen Beatrix. In fact, Queen Beatrix was spending the weekend at Balmoral the day Princess Diana died. I also believe she is close to the King and Queen of Norway. She's also very close to the Greek Royal Family.
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Revealed: The little girl the Queen chose to be her best friend | Mail Online

One of the highlights of the Royal Childhood exhibition which opens at Buckingham Palace today is the Queen's unfinished novel, written when she was just eight. It was called The Happy Farm and dedicated 'To Sonia, My dear little friend and lover of horses.'

And now we can reveal who Sonia was - the girl who became 'my dear little friend' to the most famous woman in the world. It all began in 1930 when, aged just four, Princess Elizabeth of York bumped into Sonia Graham-Hodgson while out playing in Hamilton Gardens, behind the Yorks' London home, 145 Piccadilly, a stone's throw from Hyde Park.

The meeting was significant because, as Elizabeth's governess Marion Crawford recorded, 'Sonia was the one friend whom the Queen chose for herself.'
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Queen Sofía of Spain remarked once: "Queens have no friends". It is know she is only really 100% open to her closest family (spouse and children) and sees her sister Princess Irene as her only real friend.

From Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands four real friends are known:
- Paul Fentener van Vlissingen (1941-2006), one of the richest Dutchmen;
- Lady Elizabeth Shakerley née Anson, sister of the late Earl of Lichfield, a friend from earliest childhood on and once her bridesmaid;
- Lady Renée Bradbrooke Smith née Röell, a friend from earliest childhood on and once her bridesmaid;
- Lady Lydia Stewart-Clark née Loudon, a friend from earliest childhood and once her bridesmaid.
We may assume that the former Queen felt absolutely 100% safe and confident with these four, whom apparently never betrayed her deepest trust in them.
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QEII has friends who were USA Ambassador to UK While on State Visit to USA I cannot remember the year she went to Kentucky Derby race with them.
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The Queen is nearly 90; I imagine many of the people she knew best are now deceased.
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I think the actor who played Mr. Bean is a friend of the Queen.
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I think the actor who played Mr. Bean is a friend of the Queen.

That would be Rowan Atkinson, and I don't think he would call himself a friend of The Queen.
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There are several friends of the Queen that I can think of off the top of my head. Their are cousins: Elizabeth Anson, Margaret Rhodes. The Ladys in Waiting: Duchess of Grafton, Mary Morrison and Susan Hussey. She is friends with Monty Roberts the Horse Whispers guy.

Then there were the friends who have passed such as Porchey, Patrick Pluckett, Bobo MacDonald.

It's said that Angela Kelly helps fill the roles that QEQM and Princess Margaret used to do with their daily chats.




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QEII has friends who were USA Ambassador to UK While on State Visit to USA I cannot remember the year she went to Kentucky Derby race with them.
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The Queen has friends. It's probably not as many of them as it was before, because of advanced age. She refers to her friends at the end of this speech.

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Of course the Queen has friends though most of her friends tend to be titled and from 'her circle.' As for royalty, I do know the Queen is friends with both the Queen of Denmark and Queen Beatrix. In fact, Queen Beatrix was spending the weekend at Balmoral the day Princess Diana died. I also believe she is close to the King and Queen of Norway. She's also very close to the Greek Royal Family.
I didn't know Queen Beatrix was at Balmoral the day Diana passed away. Is that a fact ?
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That would be Rowan Atkinson, and I don't think he would call himself a friend of The Queen.
I understand Rowan Atkinson is friends with Charles and Camilla, and has been for some time. He attended their wedding in 2005.
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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was not at Balmoral Castle on the day that Diana died. In the same month (August 1997) the Queen indeed did spend a vacation with the British royal family, and indeed at Balmoral Castle.

On the day that Diana died, the Queen had a sail event with her private yacht De Groene Draeck. During this strictly private sail event, the Queen was seen in subdued colours and a black pennant was waving in top of her yacht. It was the first "public" royal sign of mourning. By co-incidence Queen Beatrix was also the only Sovereign, at home and abroad, who granted Diana a royal Order (State Visit 1982). The contacts with Prince Charles (and I assume Diana) were close since the Prince of Orange followed his secondary education in Wales, at the Atlantic College in Llantwit Major (Co Vale of Glamorgan).

Pic: HRH The Princess of Wales with the decorations of a Dame Grand Cross in the Crown Order (House Order of Orange): http://theroyalpost.files.wordpress....assocphoto.jpg

Pic: HRH The Prince of Wales welcomes HRH The Prince of Orange (student in Wales): http://www.anp-archief.nl/attachment/246021
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