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Turnip jam and fish cakes; THE QUEEN MOTHER'S CENTURY.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE was deemed too dangerous for the princesses, who were required to live at Windsor Castle where their parents joined them at weekends.

The Queen, speaking poignantly on the wireless, pulled heartstrings when she conceded: "The King and I know what it means to be parted from our children, our loved ones."

The assumption that the Royal Family would prove a tempting target for the Germans proved to be correct.

In September 1940, Friday 13 as it happened, German bombs fell on Buckingham Palace, narrowly missing the King and Queen. The King threw his wife to the floor as glass shattered around them.

Despite her penchant for high fashion, Elizabeth took care to ensure that her family enjoyed no special advantages when it came to rationing. Baths were never more than six inches deep and many days passed without meat making an appearance on the royal menu.

Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the American president, was aghast when visiting Britain in 1942 to dine at Buckingham Palace on turnip jam and fish cakes.

The meal was, however, served on gold and silver plates by footmen. Some standards, it seemed, simply could not be permitted to slip.
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