The Queen Mother, nee Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, died in London on March 30, 2002 at the age of 101. She was given a huge send-off, costing millions upon millions. As for her place in history, the Queen Mother's big moment came 60 years ago. Photos were dusted off of the Queen Mother viewing damage after the Luftwaffe bombed Buckingham Palace during the Second World War. Much was made of the quote from Queen Elizabeth that she was pleased that Buckingham Palace had been bombed, "it makes me feel that I can look the East End in the face." The Broadcasting Authority Chairman and monarchist David Flint, praised the Queen Mother for her 'unifying role" during World War There was a lot of this rubbish. The late Queen Mother was known as a Nazi-appeaser prior to the war and was clearly a Hitler sympathiser in the late 1930's. In 1939, she sent Lord Halifax, leader with Chamberlain of the appeasement camp in Britain, a copy of Mein Kampf, noting Hitler's "obvious sincerity" in the note sent with the book. She was known to hate Churchill for his anti-Nazi stance. She was also known as an advocate of Neville Chamberlain's appeasement. When Chamberlain returned from the 1938 Munich conference with Hitler with his notorious "Peace in our time" agreement, the King and then Queen, appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with Chamberlain in an unmistakable gesture of Royal approval that was completely unconstitutional. The British monarch is constitutionally not permitted to take sides on politically contentious issues which appeasement clearly was at that time. This photo was not included in the supplements extolling the virtues of royalty published in recent weeks, although one or two noted it in passing. The 1945 photo on the same balcony with Churchill, who the Queen Mother hated, was published as the definitive record of her war contribution. This is historical revisionism at its most devious. Her role as grandmother is vital to the current malaise of the Royal household. With the young Queen Elizabeth often away on diplomatic duties to save the crumbling empire after the war, Princess Anne and Prince Charles were left in her care more often than not. Care may be too strong a word; supervision is more appropriate. The indulgence of her own whims, while strict denial of the passions of her successors such as her recently deceased daughter Princess Margaret and Prince Charles, undoubtedly contributed to personal difficulties many Royal's and those close to them suffered through their lives. The place of royalty as an anachronism stands out. They epitomise some failings of the ruling class. Their imminent historical demise drives them to the more reactionary wing of the establishment. Their narrow gene pool opens their members to hereditary problems, both physical and intellectual. The Queen Mother, a product of the English capitalist class outside the narrow gene pool of European royalty, may have diluted the genetic dispositions of the House of Windsor for a generation but it asserts itself anew in her successes. That genetic restriction joined with the pampered lifestyle, wealth, indulgence by the household and sense of dutiful sacrifice, serves to create an outlook in which virtually any measure of self-indulgence and arrogance is justified with a pomposity that sickens the most tolerant. One should respect the dead but history and the facts need to be respected as much if people are to avoid errors of the past.