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The Queens Mother In Law - last night

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DazedConfused Report 22 Aug 2012 15:27

Did anyone watch this. I was totally fascinated.

What an amazing woman, yes she may have had mental health issues. But despite all her problems, including total deafness, all she ever wanted to do was help those less fortunate than herself. Once she got free of her husband and mother who treated her appalingly. Sadly mental health issues within the Royal Family have always been treated in such a way.

I was very wary of this when I first saw it being adverstised, worried it was muck raking, but it was far from that, I found it thoughtful, interesting and gave us more of an insight into the life of Prince Philip, made me realise this woman although not around in his formative years was a great influence on him all the same.

I do hope the whole Royal Family are proud of this woman, what she achieved in her lifetime much to her own detriment puts many of us to shame.

I am no Royalist so for me to be impressed by this woman is something for me.

And what did surprise me is that when she died all she owned were 3 dressing gowns, during her life she had given away or sold all her possessions in order to continue her charitable work.


ElizabethK Report 22 Aug 2012 16:09

I watched it and had the same reaction as you-what an interesting woman

Gave an insight into where Prince Phillip got his errr strong personality :-)

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 22 Aug 2012 16:14

Yes I watched this and also found it fascinating. Like you say it gave an insight into the life of Prince Philip and in spite of his upbringing made him a very assured person.

Not knowing about her I looked into it, and was surprised that they did not mention that her husband was bi-sexual.



Barbara Report 22 Aug 2012 16:20

I too found it fascinating.

I did not remember her at all - I was born in the 50s and would have been 16 or so when she died but I do not remember it.


DazedConfused Report 22 Aug 2012 16:27

It's odd but I remember her death, but all I remember hearing was that Princess Alice hadd died do not remember it being mentioned whose mother she was. But I was around 14/15 so would probably not really have taken much notice.

Lady Cutie

Lady Cutie Report 22 Aug 2012 17:42

I watched it also and thought she was an amazing woman
by the time she died in 1969 i was about 27 yrs old but i dont
remember much about her at all .


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 22 Aug 2012 17:52

A woman to be proud of. I hope that Prince Philip and his children are all pleased that they are descended from such a strong woman.

If she had been born seventy years later, I a pretty sure that she would have gone a long way in her life.

She certainly seemed to leave a great impression on people who met her through her "work"

I think that I had noticed a nun walking in procession during the Coronation (not at the time, but in more recent years). Had wondered what she was doing there. , Now I know.

The thought of a smoking nun really tickles my fancy.


JustDinosaurJill Report 22 Aug 2012 18:22

What channel please?

J* Near M3.Jct4

J* Near M3.Jct4 Report 22 Aug 2012 18:36

Channel 4, 9-10 pm Tuesday 21st.


BrendafromWales Report 22 Aug 2012 18:52

I came in part way through and enjoyed it.I remember my mother going on a trip to Windsor and she saw Princess Alice walking round the grounds in her grey nuns habit.
I have always liked Prince Philip and admire the way he speaks his mind...he was very good looking when younger,and he has supported the Queen all these years and it is not an easy job...he waved to me once as I stood in my front garden and he went past in a car.That was when the Queen was expecting Edward and they came to Wales on a visit and went their different ways.


UzziWithTears Report 22 Aug 2012 19:44

I did want to watch it and forgot about it but will now download it to watch after reading the reports on it Thanks


Linda Report 22 Aug 2012 19:51

I watched the programme and really enjoyed it. I to thought what a strong lady and what a hero during the war. I knew that she was a nun but I dont remember hearing much about her it was nice to hear that the order that she founded is still going, Prince Phillip must be very proud of her.


JustDinosaurJill Report 22 Aug 2012 20:11



UzziWithTears Report 22 Aug 2012 21:09

oh B*m I like watching Ncis but flipping through I have found channel 140 The Queens Mother in law ..<<<NCIS will have to wait

Night all I for the 1st time will say that a tv has got me hooked


Mersey Report 22 Aug 2012 21:11

Oh Bugger I missed it :-(


JustJohn Report 22 Aug 2012 22:05

Like Amokavid, I remember this nun and being told she was Prince Philip's mother.

Very much kept in the background, always shadowy and mysterious. But what a life. Such an interesting lady who probably lived her latter years a bit like Henry VIII's first wife Catherine of Aragon.

I thought her mother (Philip's grandmother) was a very handsome woman, and had very similar looks to Prince Philip. Princess Alice was also good-looking, but pleasant rather than striking. And didn't she laugh a lot.

I am not quite so shocked about the Woodies. Cigarettes were so common in those days and quite a lot of church people did smoke. Though I cannot remember ever seeing a nun with a ciggy - even a Peter Stuyvesant tipped.

I wonder what Prince Philip thought. Programme revealed that his mother had many mental problems, his father was an adulterer and his four sisters married Nazi officers. But he must have approved it (or at least cast a blind eye).

*$parkling $andie*

*$parkling $andie* Report 22 Aug 2012 22:56


If you want to watch it ( I just have ) google Channel 4 , go into the A -Z and it is under Q.

Intriguing viewing.


Sharron Report 22 Aug 2012 23:36

She was known as Princess Andrew. The Princess Alice who died was more recent and was the last remaining great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, the sister of Edward George Vl.


maggiewinchester Report 22 Aug 2012 23:42

I knew nothing about her - but after watching the programme, I like her :-D
My respect for the Mountbattens has risen too.
If it hadn't been for Lord Mountbatten taking Philip under his wing, he may have been a Nazi!


Suzanne Report 23 Aug 2012 00:02

asked hubby to tape it and he forgot(not like him) is it on again??? :-D