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Old 02-05-2013, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Osipi

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: 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, 06:32 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, 06:57 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, 07:15 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, 06:12 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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Old 03-05-2013, 11:58 PM
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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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Old 03-19-2013, 11:59 AM
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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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