Tinkety tonk old fruit

Absorbing letters from an ebullient queen

Tinkety tonk old fruit

Counting One’s Blessings: The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

edited by William Shawcross

Macmillan, $44.99 hb, 686 pp, 9780230754966

Michael Shmith

Michael Shmith

Michael Shmith was arts editor of The Age from 1985 to 1993. He was the paper’s opera critic from 2010 to 2017. He is also the

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It is fitting to compare the longevity of the Queen Mother’s life with a magnificent hand-woven carpet running along a length of parquet down a torch-lit ancestral hallway: she was the embodiment of the twentieth century precisely because her life more or less spanned it. She was born on 4 August 1900 and (allowing for a bit of overhang into this century) died on Easter Saturday, 30 March 2002.

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Published in February 2013 no. 348

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