I'm looking for someone who knows a lot about the Queen Mother, especially her day to day routines. I know somethings about her and Clarence house but I need more information for a series of paintings I am working on. Most of my questions now regard dining. My first painting I am working on is of Lady Diana and the Queen Mother at breakfast on February 25, 1981. The day after the engagement was announced. I have looked through some books I own on royal dining but I haven't found all the answers I need.
To start with
Where would the Queen Mother eat breakfast at Clarence House? I know she liked the french habit of eating in different rooms but I can't find where breakfast would be set up.
For someone who knows her patterns well what do you imagine she wore to an everyday breakfast in the early 80s?
What would she eat for breakfast? I know she liked orange juice.
Does anyone know about her everyday china or even flatware?
Would flowers be on the table? I know they wouldn't be at BP.
Any answers or additional information would be very helpful. I believe I have all of the books on Clarence house that exist after 1950, but I don't have any besides the Clarence House one on the QM.
You can let me know in this thread or PM me.
Thanks so much to whomever can help!
Queen Elizabeth usually had breakfast in her bedroom at Clarence House. She was not known as an early riser. Even when she was first widowed and Princess Margaret was living with her, they both breakfasted in their own rooms. She followed the same routine at Royal Lodge, but when staying at Birkhall or the Castle of Mey and had houseguests she would occasionally join them for breakfast in the dining room. Breakfast outdoors at any time, at any location would not be something any member of the Royal Family would enjoy regardless of how much they like it at other times of the day.
I know nothing about her favourite china or silver, but there would not have been flowers on the breakfast table at the rare times she left her room for the first meal of the day. It's likely there would be flowers on the sideboards, but not on the table at breakfast.