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.