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Old 09-03-2014, 06:36 AM
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I think the Queen would regard her dresser, Angela Kelly, as a friend. Apparently staff at Windsor know when the Queen steps out for an hour or so in the evenings she is more often than not having a cup of tea at Angela's house.
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In The Queen & Her Court, Jerrold M. Packard mentioned that Lord Rupert Neville and his wife Anne were close friends of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
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It is a very good question, and I am sure, she has some close friends. What can they do if they meet? Drink tea? Play cards? Play chess? Speak about gossips... ? As other old women? :))) ...
I believe you don't mean gambling. Other than that, I find the above activities quite noble. I imagine the tea is served with low-sugar pastries, some scones with homemade marmalade perhaps. And older women are not the only ones who gossip about other people. Her Majesty probably only talks about her children and grandchildren. These are polite, respectful ladies we are talking about
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I think the Queen would talk about her horses, the racing, grandchildren in passing, the horses, funny things that happen and horses.
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Horses are noble animals. I dearly hope Her Majesty is doing well, whoever her close friends are! This is very important to me, as 2014 has been a most devastating year so far. The last days have been horrible again, a grand Dame passes away almost every day. Lebanese singer Sabah yesterday and author P.D. James today Such great ladies! Perhaps it is time for me to depart, too... but the Queen must live on! She is the one who holds this great nation together!
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I think the Queen would talk about her horses, the racing, grandchildren in passing, the horses, funny things that happen and horses.
...and corgies
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I believe you don't mean gambling. Other than that, I find the above activities quite noble. I imagine the tea is served with low-sugar :
You don't think the queen gambles. She bets on horses, probably if she plays cards bets on the games...
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The Hon. Margaret Elphinstone and The Hon. Diana Bowes-Lyon were first cousins of Elizabeth II. Even though they were related to the Queen, were they not friends of Elizabeth?
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The Hon. Margaret Elphinstone and The Hon. Diana Bowes-Lyon were first cousins of Elizabeth II. Even though they were related to the Queen, were they not friends of Elizabeth?
I think out of all the relatives of HM that I know of, Margaret Rhodes (nee Elphinstone) is perhaps the closest to HM. She was recently seen in documentaries surrounding the Queen's 90th birthday and also has written a book called The Final Curtsey: A Royal Memoir which if you get the chance to read it, is excellent and shows the deep, abiding relationship they've shared over the years.
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Meet the Queen’s best friend, Margaret Rhodes – Royal Central
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Not only long time friends but also family and all the memories the have!
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I'm realy sure, she has much friends. We in Norway loves the Queen!
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As far as being friends go, I think there's a pretty good relationship going on between Queen Elizabeth and Queen "Daisy" Margrethe. I'd love to be a fly on the wall if and when these two ladies sit down with a cup of tea and discuss their husbands.
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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
This is another book I will add to my list. I imagine it would be 100% trustworthy.
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:37 PM
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It really is trustworthy in my opinion. Who better to know the Queen and the family than someone that has grown up with and interacted with them for their entire lifetime.

We know that the Queen does not, as a rule, attend funerals but she was right there in the front row for Mrs. Rhodes' funeral not too long back ago. There was only 18 months differences in their age (if I remember right) and they were always pretty close not only as family but as friends.
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I'm sure the Queen and Prince Philip have had good friends all through their married life and I'm sure she keeps in touch with extended family on the Bowes Lyon side of the family and those of her bridesmaids still alive and also people who were her longstanding ladies in waiting, now retired. I believe the Queen's Mistress of the Robes for decades is still alive but of a great age.

That's one of the troubles with getting old. Longstanding friends die off and not everyone is as energetic and healthy as the Queen is at 91. Sometimes friends in their 80's and 90's can no longer visit. That's why I think day to day contact with family and people like Angela Kelly, her longterm Dresser is probably very important.
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I'm sure the Queen and indeed Philip have a range of friends, some closer than others that they share time with. Given her very public role, I'm expect the Queen quite enjoys her own family and indeed her own time too. Don't we all?
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