Jane Ridley

Quite contrary | 2 August 2018

James Pope-Hennessy ‘s interviews allow us a glimpse of the proud queen, dressed in Garter ribbon and diamonds even when dining alone with the king

The best royal biography ever written is probably James Pope-Hennessy’s Queen Mary. Published in 1959, only six years after the queen’s death, it is a masterpiece: no one has written better about her German relations, about her larger-than-life mother, Fat Mary, the Duchess of Teck, or about the royal family in the early 20th century.

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