All in The Family

Every family has its little secrets, and the British royal family seems to have at least its share. Last week the Sun newspaper of London disclosed that two first cousins of Queen Elizabeth's, who were listed as having died long ago in Burke's Peerage, a leading directory of the British aristocracy, actually spent decades as patients in a Surrey mental hospital; one still survives there. Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon, two of the five children of the Queen Mother's brother John, and both severely retarded, were admitted to the Royal Earlswood hospital in 1941. Though Burke's lists the two women as having...

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