Queen’s goddaughter says monarch ‘would’ve loved just to have been a country lady with her animals’ – and gifted her Twister and Winnie the Pooh books as a child

  • Victoria Pryor, the Queen Mother’s great-niece, appeared on one-off ITV show
  • The Queen and Her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong marks monarch’s 95th 
  •  Victoria’s mother was Margaret Rhodes, one of the Queen’s closest friends

The Queen’s goddaughter has revealed how the monarch would’ve loved to have just been a ‘country woman with her animals’ – and gifted her Twister and Winnie the Pooh books as a child.

Victoria Pryor, the Queen Mother’s great-niece, admitted: ‘I mean the Queen would’ve loved just to have been a country lady with her animals.’

She appeared from her Norfolk-based home on ITV’s one-off documentary The Queen and Her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong this evening. 

Victoria’s mother was Margaret Rhodes, one of the Queen’s closest friends as well as a bridesmaid at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.  

The Queen’s goddaughter Victoria Pryor (pictured) has revealed how the monarch would’ve loved to have just been a ‘country woman with her animals’ – and gifted her Twister and Winnie the Pooh books as a child

Victoria’s mother was Margaret Rhodes, one of the Queen’s closest friends (pictured together) as well as a bridesmaid at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947

When describing the Queen, Victoria said: ‘She’s incredible, the way she looks after everybody.

‘…I always got a Christmas present. Always. I got a set of Winnie the Pooh books. I got Twister.’ 

Speaking on the show, Victoria added: ‘We’re all just perfectly ordinary people. The Queen Mother and my granny were very close and the Queen Mother was unbelievably fond of mummy and her siblings.

She also offered a rare insight into what it’s like to stay with the monarch, and the protocol for when first seeing the Queen in the morning.

‘Mummy called her [the Queen] Lilibet but we call her Ma’am,’ explained Victoria. ‘If she’s staying then the first thing in the morning you curtsey, and then you don’t have to curtsey after that. That’s the etiquette.’

Victoria (pictured), the Queen Mother’s great-niece, admitted: ‘I mean the Queen would’ve loved just to have been a country lady with her animals.’

ITV’s one-off documentary has been made to mark the Queen’s 95th birthday and follows Alexander as he meets with some of Her Majesty’s extended family who share previously hidden details about the monarch. 

Elsewhere in the show, the Queen’s cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten opened up about his marriage to his husband James Coyle, a Glaswegian airline cabin services director.  

Lord Ivar, son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven and third cousin of the Queen, said he pushed James to wed, explaining: ‘I wanted to validate him and give him a position as it couldn’t have been easy being Ivar Mountbatten’s “boyfriend”.’

Elsewhere in the show, the Queen’s cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten (pictured right) opened up about his marriage to his husband James Coyle (pictured left), a Glaswegian airline cabin services director 

The aristocrat farmer, who spent lockdown at his family’s Grade I-listed home, Bridwell Park, near the village of Uffculme in Devon, with James, his ex-wife Lady Penny and their three adult daughters Ella, Alix, and Luli, made headlines when he became the first member of the extend royal family to have a same-sex wedding. 

Speaking to host Alexander, Lord Ivar said: ‘James never really wanted to get married, and I pushed him.

‘Only because I wanted to validate him and give him a position as it couldn’t have been easy being Ivar Mountbatten’s “boyfriend”.’

James then claims that the couple are the first same-sex marriage ‘in any royal dynasty… absolutely… I’ve made history,’ he jokes.

The programme explains that while no official statement was made, their nuptials in 2018 had the full blessing of the whole royal family.

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