Lady in Waiting

Lady in Waiting

My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

eBook - 2020
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"Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Princess Margaret. Though the firstborn child of the 5th Earl of Leicester, who controlled one of the largest estates in England, as a daughter she was deemed "the greatest disappointment" and unable to inherit. Since then she has needed all her resilience to survive court life with her sense of humor intact. A unique witness to landmark moments in royal history, Maid of Honor at Queen Elizabeth's coronation, and a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret until her death in 2002, Anne's life has encompassed extraordinary drama and tragedy. In Lady in Waiting, she will share many intimate royal stories from her time as Princess Margaret's closest confidante as well as her own battle for survival: her broken-off first engagement on the basis of her "mad blood"; her 54-year marriage to the volatile, unfaithful Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who left his fortune to a former servant; the death in adulthood of two of her sons; a third son she nursed back from a six-month coma following a horrific motorcycle accident. Through it all, Anne has carried on, traveling the world with the royal family, including visiting the White House, and developing the Caribbean island of Mustique as a safe harbor for the rich and famous-hosting Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Raquel Welch, and many other politicians, aristocrats, and celebrities."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York :, Hachette Books,, 2020
Edition: First US edition
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 325 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
ISBN: 9780306846359
0306846357
9780306846366
0306846365
Additional Contributors: Glenconner, Anne, 1932- Lady in waiting

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ArapahoeKati Oct 22, 2020

I very much enjoyed a behind the scenes look at royal life, a look beyond the gorgeous homes and a life of privilege that is never as golden as it all seems. Compelling, especially if you enjoy "The Crown."

VaughanPLDianeB Oct 03, 2020

Royal lives and/or those of their inner circle, present a bit of fascinating escapism for me. This book fit the bill perfectly. Lady Anne Glenconner, daughter of an Earl and lady in waiting to Princess Margaret for over 20 years, recounts the ups and downs of her remarkable life experiences in a very conversational voice. Life in the beauty of Norfolk, the development of the island Mustique and travel stories are all revealingly chronicled alongside personal family details and traumas. Ready for a cuppa?!

debwalker Sep 02, 2020

Family tragedies from a royal insider.

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winston16
Aug 06, 2020

I read this rather compulsively and finished in just a few days. It was like being a fly on the wall hearing about the aristocratic life in WW2 and then what it was like to be in the royal orbit. In both cases, there was glamor and privilege, but there was also excess and almost a sad, confining routine.
Lady Anne comes across as a good friend and loyal wife, but she was almost treated like a servant by Princess Margaret and her relationship with her unstable husband would try a saint. Both the princess and Lady Anne's husband come across as self absorbed and unpredictable (her husband more so). Queen Elizabeth makes only a few, but favorable, appearances. The author's eyewitness account of the upper classes in England from the 1930s through the early 2000s is very interesting. But it's the author's own family stories , including the sad fate of some of her children, that make it a page turner at times.

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tobyboy69
Jul 13, 2020

The most boring book I have ever read. Full of aristocratic, self indulgent tosh AND many inaccuracies. Such as the author stating that much of the film "The Duchess" was filmed at her childhood home Holkham Hall when in fact it was filmed at Chatsworth House and Kedleston Hall. And, given other biographies written about Princess Margaret, the author portrays PM through her 'rose coloured glasses.' Certainly NOT a literary 'masterpiece.'

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Jyclibrary
Jul 13, 2020

This book made me laugh out loud. Some of the eccentric behavior is hilarious. Would recommend to anyone looking for a fun book to read.

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ivolikas
Jul 13, 2020

This book is a quick read, and it did offer stories not told before about accounts of Princess Margaret, from the eyes of a close confidante. Though it is still an upper-crust, debutante society girl dishing on the royal family, it is a good summer read. One of the better books I have read without the whitewash of the "firm's" pen.

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thebritlass
Jul 10, 2020

AKA "Lifestyles of the RIch and Famous" ...with the pitfalls in full view

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lozza1401
Jun 25, 2020

I wouldn't consider myself a 'Royals' fan but this was a fascinating book with a glimpse into the eccentric world of aristocracy.

PimaLib_AmyK Jun 18, 2020

I suspect the TV series “The Crown” is causing a lot of memoirs to be written. The latest case in point is “Lady In Waiting”, written by Anne Glenconner. She grew up as a childhood pal of the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, was a maid of honor at Elizabeth’s crowning as Queen and later became a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret. Reading this, I’m reminded of what women were expected to put up with back in the day; Glenconner’s husband was Colin Tennant, perhaps best known as the developer of the Caribbean island Mustique, made famous by Princess Margaret making it her island getaway. To say Tennant was a difficult husband is putting it mildly. In today’s times his behavior would be considered abusive, although it also seems that he struggled with mental health issues. Reading about Glenconner’s time with Princess Margaret was interesting; the princess comes off as much more human (and nice!) than the press made her out to be. Also of note is Glenconner’s tragedies involving her children, losing two sons and nearly losing a third. A good, quick read.

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