• Behind Palace Doors

  • By: Colin Burgess
  • Narrated by: Bob Sinfield
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-04-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Prospero Media
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (10 ratings)


She was described as the most dangerous woman in Europe by Adolf Hitler; Noël Coward said people who spent any time with her were always reduced to gibbering worshippers; she adored Margaret Thatcher and disliked Germans; she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth. Above all, though, she was loved by the nation and in this affectionate and often hilarious inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, her former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals.
Behind Palace Doors is a unique and warmly remembered historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions. Constantly fascinating and packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing.
©2006 John Blake Publishing (P)2012 Prospero Media
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1 out of 5 stars
By julie on 09-01-13

pompose prig

I'm normally a " I've started so I'll finish" reader but not this time apart from repeating over and over that th QM encouraged him to drink a lot its really Me Me and then Me and how he got on with (or not)

whith the rest of the staff -- now anyone who is reasonably interested in these things knows that HRH was fond of a tipple so that was nothing new I suffered it till chapter 5 and then gave up My advice save your money hes on an ego trip!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie R. Gurschke on 29-10-12

Wonderful and very touching.

Being a great fan of the Queen Mum and a child of WWII, my admiration of this great Lady is unbounded. He writes so lovingly of her that you can laugh with him at her gentle ways.

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3 out of 5 stars
By H on 06-01-13

Some fun listening.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, because I'd be embarrassed to admit I have a little bit of royal voyeur going on.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The nature of these memoirs calls for a lot of expository setup in each chapter. The book is roughly organized chronologically for the guy's experience as an equerry, but also groups stories into subject areas. Some of it is a stretch to be included - it's less interesting than "Queen Mum drank gin!" - and thus the author/ghost writer has to explain a lot of finicky details that take away from the main anecdotes.

Which character – as performed by Bob Sinfield – was your favorite?

Queen Mum? I mean, that's what this book is about.

Could you see Behind Palace Doors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

A fun listen to have around, I took it in a few chapters at a time over the last year.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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