Thursday, 27 November 2014

The world of the 'posh'...Queen's garden party, Debretts, etc.

Friends informed me that my invitation to the Queen's Garden Party appeared on a recent Tatler tv show. So I dug up my archived photos. The question many ask me is how to get this coveted invitation.

My advice would be to take on charity work if your family are not already listed in the pages of Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, in effect the who's who of 'posh' British aristocracy.

My husband's great uncle was captured in World War I by the Germans but his name did not appear in the British army listings of soldiers. The Germans prepared to execute him as a 'spy' so he asked them to look him up in Debrett's. Debrett's saved him from execution. He was not listed in the army directory as he had failed his medical but still wished to serve and fight for his country so had snuck in. He was imprisoned with the Russian soldiers of war and not with the British soldiers, spent his years in captivity learning Russian, returned to his Scottish castle in Dunstaffnage and assisted the Russian navy, who used Scotland as a port during World War II, as an interpreter.