The Queen Mother was always all class.
The latest revelation that she prepared for an invasion of the filthy Hun by practising shooting rats is just awesome however.
The late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was so frightened of being kidnapped by Nazi parachutists that she learned to shoot by practising on rats flushed out of Buckingham Palace.
The disclosure was made by Margaret Rhodes, the current Queen’s cousin, who said her late aunt wanted to protect her family because she feared parachutists dropping into the grounds and “whisking them away”.
The numerous rats scared out of their homes by bombs made the perfect target practice, Rhodes added. Queen Elizabeth was celebrated for her refusal to leave London – even after the palace was bombed during the Blitz – or allow her daughters to be evacuated.
She said: “I would not send the children away without me, and I cannot ever leave the king.”
Rhodes, now 89, was interviewed by the BBC as part of its Greatest Generation series, detailing the lives of those who lived through World War II. Read more »