Lady in Waiting : My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner (Free Download), 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.
‘Beyond admirable’ — Sophie Money-Coutts * Sunday Telegraph * ‘Captivating’ — Catherine Bennett * Observer * ‘Fascinating and beautifully written . . . I can’t recommend [Glenconner’s] book high enough’ * Spectator * ‘This riveting read will leave you open-mouthed and hungry for more.’ * Sunday Post * ‘This year’s Ma’am Darling – the perfect book to curl up on the sofa with.’ * The i * ‘The author reads her own words in indomitable fashion, and anyone who enjoyed Craig Brown’s life of Glenconner’s former employer, Ma’am Darling, will find this fascinating.’ * Financial Times * ‘This outlandish memoir drips with royal tidbits . . . but it’s also insightful on the more damaging aspects of being a member of the British aristocracy. Sobering – and terrific fun’ * Metro *.
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About Anne Glenconner
Lady Glenconner is now 87. She was born Lady Anne Coke in 1932, the eldest daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester, and growing up in their ancestral estate at Holkham Hall in Norfolk. A Maid of Honour at the Queen’s Coronation, she married Lord Glenconner in 1956. They had 5 children together of whom 3 survive. In 1958 she and her husband began to transform the island of Mustique into a paradise for the rich and famous.
They granted a plot of land to Princess Margaret who built her favourite home there. She was appointed Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret in 1971 and kept this role – accompanying her on many state occasions and foreign tours – until her death in 2002. Lord Glenconner died in 2010, leaving everything in his will to his former employee. She now lives in a farmhouse near Kings Lynn in Norfolk.
Lady in Waiting details
- Hardback | 336 pages
- 160 x 238 x 36mm | 580g
- 17 Oct 2019
- HODDER & STOUGHTON
- United Kingdom
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