In a message dated 4/1/2002 2:51:34 AM Central Standard Time,
> The version I heard of this story was slightly different,
> One evening the QM rang for a servant to get her a drink, I assume her
> beloved Gin and Tonic, getting no response she went to find the staff and
> found the staff as you described and she is reputed to have said "If you two
> old queen's have quite finished, this old Queen needs a drink"
Either or both could well be true Peter. She was a remarkable lady with a
great zest for life, an acquaintance of mine here in the States knew her
quite well through his ownership of racehorses. He told me once that, while
dining with her, his face must have registered shock at one of her statements
to which she remarked "You know, I am not quite the sweet old biddy everybody
thinks I am!"
Britain, and the world, is poorer for her passing.
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