Grace author Peter James on his mother fixing the Queen’s gloves

A BESTSELLER author has shared fond memories of his mother fixing the Queen’s gloves.

Peter James, best known for his detective book series behind ITV drama Grace, has been reflecting on his mother Cornelia James, the Queen’s official glove maker, who sat in front of the TV working on the King’s well-worn gloves.

The Argus: The Queen wearing a pair of Cornelia James gloves on a tour of Canada in the 1950sThe Queen wears a pair of Cornelia James gloves on a tour of Canada in the 1950s

“My family business, Cornelia James, originally based in Brighton, holds the Royal Warrant as Her Majesty’s glovemaker and has been supplying her with gloves since their marriage in 1947,” he said.

“Her dresser was a frugal lady for many years and regularly sent gloves to my mother, Cornelia, for repairs.

“The gloves, especially the right hand one, took a lot of wear and tear from HM’s handshake – she was in the Guinness Book of Records for shaking the most hands in a day – and our gloves of course!

“But one of my lasting childhood memories was of a Sunday night when my mum sat in front of the television with a pair of Queen’s gloves that were being returned for repairs, tying them up with a needle and thread herself.

“She was a passionate royalist. She was so proud of making the Queen’s Gloves that she was grateful to England for giving her a home when fleeing Nazi persecution in her native Austria, and not letting anyone else in our factory touch them! ”

The Argus: Cornelia James in the glove factory factoryCornelia James at the glove maker’s factory

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Mr James last met the Queen in 2012 and said she always asked how his mother was and was “always so charming” to him.

He described the late monarch as “a very great man”.

“The last time I met Her Majesty was in 2012 when she hosted an event at Buckingham Palace to celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday,” he said.

“She was always so charming to me, always asking how my mum was and commenting on her gloves, and then I would ask her who her favorite authors were.

“She responded quite ruefully by saying that she had really little time to read for pleasure because she was constantly being inundated with official papers to rummage through.

“But she said she had always loved Kipling and would read his work often if she had the chance.

“Physically she was much smaller than one would imagine, but she exuded an enormous calm charm and energy, and most of my encounters with her I remember as her endearing curiosity – she seemed to me passionately interested in everything, whatever whether small or large.

“At the same time, she was absolutely majestic. You knew you were in the presence of a very great Human.” Grace author Peter James on his mother fixing the Queen’s gloves

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