14th – 17th November 2019

The Quest for Queen Mary

Price: Standard £12, Senior Citizens £8, Children £8

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The Quest for Queen Mary

Hugo Vickers



2:00pm 1h
The Gibraltar Garrison Library (Festival HQ)

An illustrated talk on the life of Queen Mary (1867-19530, The Queen’s grandmother, and the background to the brilliant official biography of Queen Mary by James Pope-Hennessy, published in 1959. When asked to undertake this, Pope-Hennessy was reluctant, but his brother persuaded him that it was a rare opportunity to study royalty as ‘an endangered species’ and to 'establish, through close inspection of a single life, the nature of the phenomenon.’ So, in his quest for Queen Mary, between 1955 and 1959 Pope-Hennessy made his way between many royal courts, staying with members of the Royal Family and meeting retired courtiers and royal servants. Of these meetings, he kept secret notes, which have now been published to considerable acclaim. This talk opens the doors, sets the scene, and introduces some of the remarkably memorable figures, met along the way.