Lady Maud Warrender, amateur singer and accomplished gossip.
I am going through an interesting archive at the moment. Amidst a cache of bookplates I found a clipping from a London columnist named Mr. Gossip entitled: "Queen Alexandra's Deafness". It reads:
In her amusing book, "My First Sixty Years"--to be strictly accurate, she is sixty-three--Lady Maud Warrender notes that Queen Alexandra's deafness, despite her clever and attractive efforts to conceal it, led to amusing incidents.
When somebody told her that the old Duke of Rutland had died, she said: "Isn't that wonderful! How did he do it?"
Lady Maud Warrender(1870-1945), or "Maudie" as she was known to her posh friends, frequently performed at house parties of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. A friend of the likes of Elgar and Madame Melba, she maintained a presence in both the musical and royal worlds. Such exposure to such interesting people must have made writing a gossipy memoir an inevitable undertaking.