Ma’am Darling. May 2018.

Dear Rowley, While researching the Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, for an upcoming documentary that seeks to re-present the princess in a sympathetic light I read Craig Brown’s 2018 tome Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret.  Brown is a renown satirist and … Continue reading

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In Their Defence: The Duke & Duchess of Windsor. May 2018

Dear Rowley, Can one defend the reputation of the Duke of Windsor, ex-King Edward VIII, who gave up a crown for the love of a twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson? This is the challenge set by Like A Shot TV for … Continue reading

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She Enjoys Being a Queen. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, I think Britain has reached a consensus that HM Queen Elizabeth II has been the foundation of all that we respect over her long reign. We have seen The Queen under pressure during her Annus Horribilis in 1992 … Continue reading

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Fashion at KP. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, I had quite the revelation when visiting Kensington Palace this morning. I was drawn to KP for the new Victoria Revealed exhibition in which three of the Duchess of Fife tiaras were on show for the first time in … Continue reading

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The Crown Season Two. December 2017.

Dear Rowley, Netflix is clearly more addictive than laudanum. The Crown Season Two is flawlessly scripted, acted, shot, costumed and bejewelled with a performance by Claire Foy as HM The Queen that is quite simply majestic. The dignity, intelligence, vulnerability … Continue reading

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