Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor #ad - . Despite this setback, grandmother of the current queen, she became queen, mother of two kings, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne.
Victoria's DaughtersSt. Martin's Press #ad - However, she suffered from melancholia and died at age thirty-five of what appears to have been a deliberate, grief-fueled exposure to the diphtheria germs that had carried away her youngest daughter. All five would curiously come to share many of the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by nineteenth-century women of less-exulted class.
Victoria and albert's precocious firstborn child, Vicky, wed a Prussian prince in a political match her high-minded father hoped would bring about a more liberal Anglo-German order. Two of these princesses would themselves produce children of immense consequence. Gentle, quiet alice had a happier marriage, later to become Tsarina of Russia, one that produced Alexandra, and yet another Victoria, whose union with a Battenberg prince was to found the present Mountbatten clan.
Victoria's Daughters #ad - Middle child helena struggled against obesity and drug addition but was to have lasting effect as Albert's literary executor. By contrast, who became governor general of canada, her glittering and at times scandalous sister Louise, escaped the claustrophobic stodginess of the European royal courts by marrying a handsome Scottish commoner, the most beautiful of the five siblings, and eventually settled into artistic salon life as a respected sculptor.
And as the baby of the royal brood of nine, rebelling only briefly to forge a short-lived marriage, Beatrice lived under the thumb of her mother as a kind of personal secretary until the queen's death. Principally researched at the houses and palaces of its five subjects in london, darmstadt, and Ottawa-- and entertainingly written by an experienced biographer whose last book concerned Victoria's final days-- Victoria's Daughters closely examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother, Berlin, Scotland, married off as much for political advantage as for love, and finally passed over entirely with the accession of their n0 brother Bertie to the throne.
The story of five women who shared one of the most extraordinary and privileged sisterhoods of all time.
Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess MargaretLyons Press #ad - I’m three, you’re seven. The royal sisters had no choice in their historic positions, but behind the palace gates and within the all-too-human confines of their personalities, they displayed tremendous individuality and suffered the usual symptoms of sibling rivalry. It is also one of the twentieth century’s most fascinating stories of sisterly loyalty.
It is also the story of the making of a queen, of the real effect their uncle’s abdication had on the sisters’ lives, of the high drama of her situation in the Townsend affair, and of the internecine feuds that have brewed within the Royal Family since that time. Brought vividly to life through the many personal interviews of close royal associates, previously unpublished anecdotes and photographs, filled with new facts, Royal Sisters is a never-before-glimpsed look at the relationship of the Queen and Princess Margaret.
. It openly discusses, with new insights and information, the romance of Elizabeth and Philip and the tragic aborted love affair between Margaret and Group Captain Peter Townsend, and it has a cast of characters ranging from the youthful sisters’ suitors to Winston Churchill and the entire Royal Family.
Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret #ad - Edwards’s book is an honest look at how the royal sisters feel toward each other, their parents, their close relations and the men whom they have loved. In royal sisters, author of the best-selling vivien leigh: a biography and Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor, Anne Edwards, the princess who was to become Queen, has written the first dual biography of Elizabeth, and her younger sister, Margaret, who was to be her subject.
From birth to maturity, they were the stuff of which dreams are made. I’m three and you’re four, then a child, ” the future Queen, imperiously informed her sister.
Behind Palace Doors - My Service as the Queen Mother's EquerryJohn Blake #ad - Constantly fascinating and packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing. Behind palace doors" is a unique and warmly remembered historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions. She was described as the most dangerous woman in europe by adolf hitler; Noel Coward said people who spent any time with her were always reduced to 'gibbering worshippers'; she adored Margaret Thatcher and disliked Germans; she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth.
Above all, she was loved by the nation and in this affectionate and often hilarious inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, though, her former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals.
The Quest for Queen MaryHodder & Stoughton #ad - Giving much greater insight into queen mary than the official version, and including sharply observed encounters with, and a young Queen Elizabeth, among others, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, The Quest for Queen Mary is set to be a classic of royal publishing. Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age.
A delightful insight into an eclectic life'The Daily Telegraph'Very funny and astute. A loathly feast for royal-watchers' hilary mantel, with a few sharp strokes of the pen, conjuring up, a mad, exotic species from a world gone by'Craig Brown, New Statesman Books of the Year 2018'A complete delight, Mail on Sunday'Gloriously indiscreet .
The Quest for Queen Mary #ad - . The best royal book ever'harry mount, financial times* * *When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years.
The Queen MotherVintage #ad - The Queen Mother #ad - The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the most beloved British monarch of the twentieth century. Consort of king george vi, elizabeth angela marguerite bowes-lyon—the ninth of the earl of strathmore’s ten children—was born on August 4, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, and, 1900, certainly, and grandmother of Prince Charles, no one could have imagined that her long life she died in 2002 would come to reflect a changing nation over the course of an entire century.
. Vividly detailed, and diaries, written with unrestricted access to her personal papers, letters, this candid royal biography by William Shawcross is also a singular history of Britain in the twentieth century.
Queen MaryHodder & Stoughton #ad - Queen mary's life, contrary to popular belief, was essentially dramatic, and she played a far more important and influential role in the affairs of the British monarchy than her public image might have otherwise suggested. Long out of print, this new edition of Queen Mary will be accompanied by a new foreword from royal biographer and writer Hugo Vickers.
. Using material from the royal archives, private papers and Queen Mary's personal diaries and letters, Pope-Hennessy's biography was a remarkable portrait of a remarkable woman and received rave reviews across the press. The official biography of queen mary, grandmother of the current Queen, originally commissioned in 1959 - with a new foreword by Hugo Vickers.
Queen Mary #ad - When queen mary died in 1953, james pope-Hennessy was commissioned to write an official biography of her - unusual for a Queen Consort.
Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's PrincessOld Street Publishing #ad - Chambers brilliantly demonstrates how the personal and the political collide in scheming post-Napoleonic Europe, offering a vivid and sympathetic portrait of a couple whose lives are in many ways not their own. Queen Victoria was the product. Charlotte & leopold is a moving and always entertaining royal biography with an alluring contemporary resonance.
This is the story of the doomed romance between Charlotte, and Leopold, heir to the English throne, uncle of Queen Victoria and first King of the Belgians. Charlotte was the only legitimate royal child of her generation, and her death in childbirth was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir.
The Untold Story of Queen Elizabeth, Queen MotherArcadia Books #ad - Packed with stunning revelations, this is the inside story of The Queen Mother from the New York Times bestselling author who first revealed the truth about Princess Diana. Queen elizabeth the Queen Mother has been called the "most successful queen since Cleopatra. Her personality was so captivating that even her arch-enemy Wallis Simpson wrote about "her legendary charm.
Portrayed as a selfless partner to the king in the Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech, The Queen Mother is most often remembered from her later years as the smiling granny with the pastel hats. For the first time, lady colin campbell shows us that the untold life of the Queen Mother is far more fascinating and moving than the official version that has been peddled ever since she became royal in 1923.
The Untold Story of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother #ad - When she died in 2002, just short of her 102nd birthday, she was praised for a long life well lived. But there was another side to her story. With unparalleled sources - including members of the Royal Family, and friends and relatives of Elizabeth herself, aristocrats, this mesmerizing account takes us inside the real and sometimes astonishing world of the royal family.
Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess LouiseThomas Dunne Books #ad - What was so dangerous about this artistic, modern before her time, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumor and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, she discovered a fascinating woman, whose story has been shielded for years from public view.
Louise was a sculptor and painter, friend to the Pre-Raphaelites and a keen member of the Aesthetic movement. She moved with him to Canada when he was appointed Governor-General. Spirited and lively, intrigues, and secrets, Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter is richly packed with arguments, scandals, and is a vivid portrait of a princess desperate to escape her inheritance.
The most feisty of the victorian princesses, she kicked against her mother's controlling nature and remained fiercely loyal to her brothers-especially the sickly Leopold and the much-maligned Bertie. True to rebellious form, she refused all royal suitors and became the first member of the royal family, since the sixteenth century, to marry a commoner.
Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise #ad - The secrets of queen victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. She sought out other unconventional women, including Josephine Butler and George Eliot, and campaigned for education and health reform and for the rights of women. She battled with her indomitable mother for permission to practice the "masculine" art of sculpture and go to art college-and in doing so became the first British princess to attend a public school.
The rumors of louise's colorful love life persist even today, with hints of love affairs dating as far back as her teenage years, and notable scandals included entanglements with her sculpting tutor Joseph Edgar Boehm and possibly even her sister Princess Beatrice's handsome husband, Liko.
Alice: Princess Andrew of GreeceSt. Martin's Press #ad - She suffered from a serious religious crisis and at the age of forty-five was removed from her family and placed in a sanitarium in Switzerland, where she was pronounced a paranoid schizophrenic. Amidst all the jewels, and the fine uniforms, and velvet and coronets, she exuded an unworldly simplicity. Seated with the royal family, she was a part of them, yet somehow distanced from them.
She was born deaf, and brought up in England, Darmstadt, in the presence of her grandmother, at Windsor Castle, Queen Victoria, and Malta. In 1903 she married prince andrew of greece and Denmark, and from then on her life was overshadowed by wars, revolutions, and enforced periods of exile. In 1953, princess alice was dressed from head to foot in a long gray dress and a gray cloak, at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and a nun's veil.
Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece #ad - Inasmuch as she is remembered at all today, it is as this shadowy figure in gray nun's clothes. Princess alice, mother of Prince Phillip, was something of a mystery figure even within her own family. How she achieved her recovery is just one of the remarkable aspects of her story. By the time she was thirty-five, virtually every point of stability was overthrown.
As her stay in the clinic became prolonged, there was a time where it seemed she might never walk free again.