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Anne Glenconner - Lady in Waiting (2nd Hand Hardback)

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Synopsis

The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her.

Anne Glenconner has been close to the Royal Family since childhood. Eldest child of the 5th Earl of Leicester, she was, as a daughter, described as 'the greatest disappointment' by her family as she was unable to inherit. Her childhood home Holkham Hall is one of the grandest estates in England. Bordering Sandringham the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were frequent playmates. From Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation to Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret, Lady Glenconner is a unique witness to royal history, as well as an extraordinary survivor of a generation of aristocratic women trapped without inheritance and burdened with social expectations.

She married the charismatic but highly volatile Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who became the owner of Mustique. Together they turned the island into a paradise for the rich and famous, including Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and it became a favourite retreat for Princess Margaret. But beneath the glitz and glamour there has also lurked tragedy. On Lord Glenconner's death in 2010 he left his fortune to a former employee. And of their five children, two grown-up sons died, while a third son had to be nursed back from a coma by Anne, after having suffered a near fatal accident.

Anne Glenconner writes with extraordinary wit, generosity and courage and she exposes what life was like in her gilded cage, revealing the role of her great friendship with Princess Margaret, and the freedom she can now finally enjoy in later life.

Details
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Britain
  • Published : 2019 (Hodder & Stoughton - 1st Edition, 4th Printing)
  • ISBN : 9781529359060
  • SKU : B002148
  • PPC : SP500gm
  • RRP : £20 (Unclipped)
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"For Anglophiles or simply anyone who loves reading of a unique life, lived to the hilt and at the highest level of the social order, Lady Glenconner's book is absolutely fascinating, informative, funny and at times deeply moving. In a word: extraordinary, as is her life. From the highest and happiest moments imaginable to the depths of sadness, Lady in Waiting reveals a person of enormous inner strength who also delights in the eccentricities and occasional absurdities of British aristocratic experiences, many during an era never now gone and never to be duplicated. It is clearly and beautifully written so that the reader hears the author's delightful voice. I can't recommend it too highly." - Google Books.

The Author

The daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester, Lady Anne Glenconner served as a maid of honour at the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, and was extra lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II's sister, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, from 1971 until the Princess died in 2002.