Can you explain how May can be one of your favourites (that is a genuine question)...I have never been able to find anything likeable about her...Even reading about her she seems very 'stiff' and she and George are the ONLY ones I cannot take to at all...but I would like to be persuaded otherwise.
Because I just find something in her personality to relate to--it's hard to describe. (Perhaps in the same way people can't understand the sympathy towards Alexandra F. when she was often described in such negative terms). I relate to her shyness and sympathize with her trying to get on with Q. Alexandra (smother mother) and her sisters-in-law who always ran her down. I also found the letters she and George wrote to each other romantic and touching in light of their reserved personalities. I think she was complex--and HATE some of the rumors flying around about her behavior towards the Romanovs (and how her wretched son EVIII was the source for much of the most damning parental information) same way as I don't care for how people blame GV for their death when it was more their own fault and of course the Bolsheviks. I think she was a good person (with faults of course) who didn't try to hide who she was. I also like her intelligence and love of the arts--rare among most royals of that time it seems. I guess I just like the complex--Q. Victoria, Vicky, May, MIssy--often more than the more 'popular' choices (Q. Alexandra, MF) who certainly had as many faults but whose charms seem more superficial. But that's just me.
Plus whose children actually seemed more messed-up:
Queen Alexandra--Eddy (backwards, unhealthy, coddled), George (gruff, reserved), Louise (diffident), Victoria (bitter, spiteful ) and Maud (pretty normal save for how thin she always strove to be). All of her children had a babyish, selfish (probably George the least) streak and weren't intellectually or culturally inclined at all. Plus she's the one who made Toria into a bitter old maid through her selfishness.
May--David (ok, he was a selfish narcissist), Bertie (nervous but dutiful & responsibly and good father), Henry (not too bright but again dutiful), George (complex but intelligent and charming), Mary (responsible and capable if possessed of her mother's shyness and reserve).
George and May's children on the whole ended up more productive in terms of public service whereas Alexandra used her children to compensate for Bertie's running-around and stunted their growth.