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Motherly advice that helped make Queen Elizabeth unflappable.


The secret of Queen Elizabeth’s success during a lifetime of public duty can be traced back to a simple piece of advice given to her by her mother, Queen Mother.

A very close friend revealed how the Queen Mother told her daughter to always walk through the very centre of a doorway.

Lady Penn, who is a former lady in waiting to the Queen Mother and a close friend of Queen Elizabeth said, this tip helped transform the shy Princess Elizabeth into a beloved public figure renowned for her calm, confidence and poise.

Lady Penn, said: “The Queen Mother told Queen Elizabeth when she was at a very young age to be brave. I think that the Queen probably felt walking into a room full of people was rather daunting. So, then she said to her, what you want to do when you walk into a room? Walk through the middle of the door”.

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“And you know what I think? What she meant by that was, don’t sort of go in apologetically. You walk through as if you are the in charge”.

In the series, the first episode sees friends recall the 91-year old monarch’s early years. 

The Queen walks through ‘very centre’ of a doorway.

Historian, Kate Williams tells how on the day of the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936, which meant Princess Elizabeth’s father took the throne as King George VI, Princess Elizabeth had been at a swimming lesson. When Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret heard the news and realised that Elizabeth, as the eldest child, would one day be Queen, Margaret responded: “Poor you”.

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Josie Bennett, another close friend said: “I told her I had enjoyed her recent broadcast. I even told her how I remembered watching her Coronation on a little screen, and she replied: ‘Really’”?