In a letter to her mother-in-law Queen Mary, released to the public by the Palace in 2009, she wrote that the servants were “magnificent” and that everyone was “wonderfully calm”. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother is a national symbol of the Blitz spirit, as she and King George VI made the decision to stay in London despite the bombing. They often visited areas of the country, especially London, that had been badly affected by bombing.
In a fascinating letter, the Queen Mother described the bombing at the Palace and explained what happened in the aftermath.
She told Queen Mary how they had heard a “scream of a bomb” which then “exploded with a tremendous crash in the quadrangle”.
They all ducked away from the windows as a huge amount of smoke and earth was thrown up.
She then went on to praise her staff repeatedly for their conduct.
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The Queen Mother claimed the servants were "marvellous" (Image: GETTY)
The Queen Mother examining bomb damage at Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)
The Queen Mother wrote: “Everybody remained wonderfully calm, and we went down to the shelter ‒ I went along to see if the housemaids were all right, and found them busy in their various shelters ‒ then came a cry for “bandages”, and the first aid party, who had been training for over a year, rose magnificently to the occasion, and treated the three poor casualties calmly and correctly.
“They, poor men, were working below the Chapel, and how they survived I don’t know ‒ their whole workshop was a shambles, for the bomb had gone bang through the floor above them.
“My knee trembled a bit a minute or two after the explosions! But we both feel quite well today, though just a bit tired.
“I was so pleased with the behaviour of our servants. They were really magnificent.”
Bomb crater outside Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)
In particular, she picked out the reaction of the chef who, not long after the explosions, she found already bustling about.