She was described as the most dangerous woman in Europe by Adolf Hitler; Noel Coward said people who spent any time with her were always reduced to 'gibbering worshippers'; she adored Margaret Thatcher and disliked Germans; she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth. Above all, though, she was loved by the nation and in this affectionate and often hilarious inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, her former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals. "Behind Palace Doors" is a unique and warmly remembered historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions. Constantly fascinating and packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing.
MAJOR COLIN BURGESS was commissioned into the Irish Guards in 1987. After completing the Army Pilots course in 1990, he worked as a helicopter pilot serving in operations in Northern Ireland and Central America. Between 1994 and 1996 he worked as equerry to the Queen Mother and was made a Member of the Victorian Order by the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace. Since leaving active service, Colin has worked in television production and management, managing the UK division of Wingspan Air and Space Channel (subsequently becoming part of Discovery's aviation and space channel Wings), and producing over 87 broadcast documentaries.