Queen Elizabeth was forced to sleep on a sofa in her servants’ quarters following a row between two of her dressers, it has been claimed.
The monarch was staying at the Palace of Holyroodhouse – her royal residence in Edinburgh – when she turned up in the servants’ quarters in her nightie.
One of Her Majesty’s favourite dressers, Peggy Hoath, kept the Queen awake after getting in a late-night row with another royal aide. A royal aide, who she had a ‘friendly rivalry’ with. The extraordinary story was affectionately revealed for the first time at Peggy’s funeral. It was last month at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.
A royal source told The Royal UK:-
“Peggy had a friendly rivalry with another dresser called, May Prentice. And they were always vying for Queen Elizabeth’s attention and arguing among themselves. They were trying to be top dog if you like. It was mostly on good terms but sometimes it got a bit out of hand”.
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“One night, when Her Majesty was staying at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. There, she suddenly turned up in the Page’s Vestibule. No-one could believe their eyes when she arrived in her nightie wrapped in her bedclothes and blanket. She simply said, ‘I’ve got to get some sleep’, and settled down on the sofa”.
The source added, saying:-
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Apparently, Peggy and May had been arguing at the top of their voices in a nearby room. And, the Queen just couldn’t get to sleep because of the noise they were making. Rather than interrupt them, she got up and moved to Page’s room. She was very fond of Peggy and obviously couldn’t bring herself to criticise her”.
“Everyone just looked at each other. At that time, they all shuffled out of the room to let Her Majesty sleep”. Peggy started working for Queen Elizabeth in 1959. She became Her Majesty’s assistant dresser in the same year.
Peggy was actually described by friends as being “wedded to the job”. She worked for the monarch until she retired. In fact, she was given a grace-and-favour home on the Queen’s Windsor estate and she continued to see Her Majesty socially.