Elsie Kettle is the main character in Queenie.
She is admitted to Miltree Orthopaedic Hospital after getting tuberculosis of the knee.Her mother works as an actress,so her grandmother looks after her. Her grandmother gets tuberculosis of the lungs .
Elsie is small and has a slight frame. She has long, brown hair which she wears in two plaits and has a fringe. She wears a tunic over a shirt or a dress with a cardigan, and brown leather boys shoes. When she gets admitted to hospital, her mum buys her a pair of pink cat pyjamas. She also later buys her a pair of babydoll pyjamas, which are white with red love hearts patterned all over them.