However, until Googling "Alexandra Shulman" today, I had absolutely no idea that her mother is 'modern manners' expert Drusilla Beyfus! Drusilla's book "Lady Behave - A guide to modern manners for the 1970's" is a treasured favourite. I found my copy - fitfully branded "Glamorgan Education Committee County Libraries", in a Glasgow charity shop a few years ago. Lord only knows why I got into collecting vintage etiquette books, it's not like I was running with diplomats, (not even close) but I did throw the occasional cocktail party and after all, 'tis better to have known the rules and lost...or something like that.
One thing's for sure, Drusilla certainly wouldn't have approved of the lumpen way I approached her daughter for a picture. Therefore, despite Alexandra graciously consenting, I feel I ought to make amends...
I wish to convey my sincere gratitude for your taking the time, despite my blunderbuss manner, to grant me a picture.
(Please don't tell your mother)
Most gratefully yours,