The day the Queen did a conga into the Palace… then sang until 2am: An extraordinary insight into life with the Royals in this evocative memoir

The day the Queen did a conga into the Palace… then sang until 2am: An extraordinary insight into life with the Royals in this evocative memoir

The day the Queen did a conga into the Palace… then sang until 2am: An extraordinary insight into life with the Royals in this evocative memoir

11:05 PM on 18th June 2011

Learning the ropes: Princess Elizabeth, left, Princess Margaret, centre, and their cousin Margaret Rhodes, enjoyed a blissful childhood

Learning the ropes: Princess Elizabeth, left, Princess Margaret, centre, and their cousin Margaret Rhodes, enjoyed a blissful childhood

My Uncle Bertie”s going to be King! The excited reaction of the Queen”s young cousin Margaret Rhodes to a royal abdication

Firm friends: Margaret Rhodes and Queen Elizabeth are still close after growing up together in a

Firm friends: Margaret Rhodes and Queen Elizabeth are still close after growing up together in a “long lost world”

Memory lane: Margaret Rhodes, remembers squabbling with Princess Elizabeth, right, and being kept awake by Princess Margaret, front

Memory lane: Margaret Rhodes, remembers squabbling with Princess Elizabeth, right, and being kept awake by Princess Margaret, front

Playmates: Mrs Rhodes was dispatched to keep Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret company, seen here playing the game

Playmates: Mrs Rhodes was dispatched to keep Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret company, seen here playing the game “Are you there Moriarty”

Hide and seek: The Royal Family hid from General Dwight Eisenhower

Stiff upper lip: George VI with the Royal Family, at the Royal Lodge at Windsor Castle, on 8 July 1946, strictly adhered to the rationing rules during war

Stiff upper lip: George VI with the Royal Family, at the Royal Lodge at Windsor Castle, on 8 July 1946, strictly adhered to the rationing rules during war

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A “Downton Abbey” childhood: Carberry Towers and gardens was the scene of Mrs Rhodes” youth

Childhood bond: Margaret in her ballgown when she was a bridesmaid to Princess Elizabeth in November 1947

Childhood bond: Margaret in her ballgown when she was a bridesmaid to Princess Elizabeth in November 1947

Prisoner of War: Margaret Rhodes

Prisoner of War: Margaret Rhodes”s brother, John, second from left, spent five five-and-a-half years in captivity