“I found it very difficult to accustom myself to saying ‘Ma’am’ when addressing the Queen and she told me not to bother; putting me at my ease. She has a very pleasant voice, a beautiful English complexion, great dignity and charm; is simple in manner, stands very erect and holds herself well and is every inch a queen. . . . I lay in bed thinking [I] must be dreaming that I, Rose Kennedy, a simple, young matron from Boston, am really here at Windsor Castle the guest of the Queen and two little Princesses.”

—From Rose Kennedy’s account