Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Anniversary, the Wedding and the Loin Cloth

The Telegraph takes the occasion of the Diamond Anniversary of the Queen to describe the events of her wedding. Its full of fascinating details (thanks Drift Memsaab).

Earl Mountbatten's daughter Lady Pamela Hicks who did bridesmaid duties at the wedding recalls:
Before we left, my parents saw Mahatma Gandhi [the spiritual leader of the new India] and he told my father: "I so wanted to give Princess Elizabeth a present, but I have given all my possessions away."

My father, however, knew he still had his spinning wheel and he told Gandhi: "If a cloth could be made from yarn you have spun, that would be like receiving the Crown Jewels." And so this was done and we took his present to Britain for the wedding...

And what did grandma Queen Mary - who mistook the gift for a loin cloth think of it?
"Such an indelicate gift," she is said to have remarked. "What a horrible thing."

Be also sure to check out Mirren's bravura performance as the Queen in this movie.

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13 comments:

Mind Rush said...

Riveting! Esp. loved the description in the article of the Duke of E (then groom) being described as "tender".

Let me say some thing even more "indelicate"....This is the first and last Diamond Anniversary the British monarchy has seen. The rest of the royalty is single, divorced or no more...

Mind Rush said...

Also, Driftji, why did you change the world map (Clustr Map) on your blog?

Aspi said...

That world map got "archived" this week. Which means they reset all the data in it. Sorry if you miss it - it was looking like one big red blob lately. It'll get back that way given enough time.

Saritha said...

Engrossing indeed!I've learnt a lot of things today,Aspi.Thanks to Memsaab!

Sidekick said...

I've been swamped since diwali and haven't been able to comment, although I've been entertained by the many posts and comments. Only just catching my breath to add my 2 cents :)

I'm always amazed at how much drawing power the British monarchy has --- in England and around the world and I include myself in this group :). 10 years after Diana's death people are still riveted by her. Elizabeth and Phillip can only be described as a boring couple, yet I gobble up deets abt their lives!! I wonder, do we have a built-in fuedalism gene? :P
The 'loincloth' gift anecdote was priceless.... my thanks too to the drift memsaab.

I was rather underwhelmed by the movie The Queen, though I thought Mirren was wonderful. I wonder if anyone else caught the HBO version of Queen Elizabeth I? It watched some it it this weekend and sheepishly admit I fell asleep watching it. Needless to say it was not engrossing --- quite the British understatement :)

anu g said...

A nice change to be reading about the Queen.So Mountbatten considered the loincloth to be as precious than the Crown Jewels!Wow!He was more Indian than most Indians.
It would be lovely to have Mrs.Drift over here.I am not using the word Drift Memsahib coined by u....cos it reminds me of the colonial legacy!

Aspi said...

Saritha, glad you enjoyed reading the Telegraph.

Sidekick, I agree with you about the Queen. I went back and read my review to remind myself that the movie felt too staged. But Mirren did a really good job and makes it worth watching.

anu g, the Drift Memsaab reads the blog but is hugely shy about joining in.

m said...

i didn't get this blog, i am 2 stoopid for it

Priti said...

Wow...the diamond anniversary, eh! The Brit monarchy rules, atleast in one (individual) area. He he..

Aspi that was a cool one too - Drift Memsaab being hugely shy. She's quite an expert in her area! Probably she's letting this be just your blog, w/o any "intrusions". There...that was my two bit analysis, with loads of truth! :-)

Aspi said...

i didn't get this

I used to get that a lot in school with my jokes.

But m, growing up in the US might not bring the same fascination with Brit royalty as growing up in India or UK.

Sania said...

re: the Drift map. I hope that large red dot in the NE US isn't all me!

re: Mrs. Drift. Tell her she should come out of hiding. We're a friendly bunch. :) And most of us don't bite.

anu g said...

I agree with Sania..Lady Drift, we would love to hear ur views too.

Priti said...

My theory about the Drift memsaab is not too far from reality. Being an expert at "reltionship management", esp. family and marriage therapy, is no mean achievement. This becomes all the more relevant in the "throw-away culture" of today's world, with disintegrating relationships et al. Isn't the success of today's manager, also requires them to be high on Emotional Intelligence and relationship management! :-)

There Aspi, does my theory hold water? ;-)