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Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Anne Glenconner (Tekijä)

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The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation - and is a character in The Crown this autumn. 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. She will appear as a character in the new series of The Crown this autumn.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown
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An entertaining memoir of her life mostly during the time as Princess Margaret's lady-in-waiting and as an attendant at the coronation. It demonstrates the vast difference between the aristocracy and everybody else. Her husband, Colin Tennant, was a bad-tempered nutcase (my description), who Glenconner calls "highly strung" and I can't imagine anyone staying with him beyond a day or two. I have a suspicion that she enjoyed his attention-getting tantrums as much as he did. The early part of her story was more interesting followed by a section of name-dropping of who was at Mustique. She has only praise and kind words for many including the Queen, Princess Margaret, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. She speaks openly of her sons illnesses and how she cared for them. Charlie, the eldest, was a heroin addict and eventually died of Hepatitis C, the result of his addiction, Henry died of AIDS, and the youngest, Christopher, had a motor cycle accident causing a lengthy coma from which he recovered after painstaking care by friends and family. She also has twin daughters who did not feature much in the story. Lord Glenconner's last act of "eccentricity" was his will where he left everything to his Caribbean manservant, cutting out his entire family. There is nothing of her life that I envy, particularly her cruel governesses and to say nothing of her crazy husband. Neither is there anything I can relate to. However, she can tell a good story and what an amazing stiff upper lip! ( )
  VivienneR | Jul 23, 2021 |
I heard a review of this on Satellite Sisters and was intrigued even though I am not too into the royal scene. This book was wonderful! She is a fantastic storyteller and her life makes for a fascinating story. She narrates, which I loved and tells all both the joy and the pain. Highly recommend! ( )
  carolfoisset | Jul 13, 2021 |
I was 10 when Prince Charles and Lady Diana married. My mother and sister and I all got up at some insane hour of the morning to watch the historic wedding with friends. Obviously I've been interested in the royals for a long time now. So when I saw Anne Glenconner, a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret, on Graham Norton's show and giggled at her stories, I knew I'd want to read her memoir. I even ordered it for my mom for Christmas from England ahead of its publication in the US. While an interesting look into the world of spoiled, rich people behaving badly, and the tragedy filled life Lady Glenconner has lived, it was less engaging to read the memoir than it was to hear her anecdotes on tv. (Not my usual experience, by the by.)

Lady Glenconner's service to Princess Margaret is certainly the hook, and interesting enough, but she has lived an extremely privileged life herself. She was raised traditionally, within the aristocracy, to make an advantageous marriage and to keep a stiff upper lip no matter what. She's breaking with the latter somewhat in writing this memoir and exposing her terrible marriage, her husband's incredibly bad behaviour, including tantrums and gross eccentricities that might have been manifestations of mental illness, and the almost unbelievable experiences of her long life. Oftentimes this feels like a list of happenings in her life without the smoothness and connection of a well-wrought memoir. She does come across as scrupulously honest and even understated in her acceptance of the insanity of a life like hers which makes the reader wonder not only what her family thinks of her exposing their secrets but what her entire set thinks given their presentation here in such an unvarnished accounting. The tone of the book is rather blandly matter of fact throughout, even when recounting things that should be brimming with emotion, flattening the effect on the reader. She has led a pretty amazing life, filled with drama and tragedy, lived in close contact with the ever intriguing Princess Margaret for 30 plus years, and met some of the most famous names of the last century, but in the end this memoir was ultimately rather dull and disappointing despite the outlandishness of the things that she experienced. Probably only a must read for the most ardent of royal fanatics. ( )
1 ääni whitreidtan | Jul 10, 2021 |
Well I'm not sure about this book: Anne Glenconner was Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret, her mother was Lady in Waiting to the Queen. Anne grew up as close friends with Margaret, which continued all of their lives.

Anne married Colin Glenconner, who was notorious for his angry emotional outbursts, but didn't divorce him. They had 3 sons & twin daughters. She lived through WWII, was a train bearer for Elizabeth's coronation. Her husband purchased & developed the island of Mustique, a private enclave for the British elite; Princess Margaret, Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams to name a few.

Later in her life she lost a son to aids & another to hepatitis from his years as a drug addict.

I chose to read the book as she had been interviewed on the Graham Norton show. I read it straight through as it held my interest, but I was totally unable to relate to her life style and thus felt very little for her trials & tribulations. She led a charmed & priviliged life, for sure. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jun 7, 2021 |
Loved it. 4'5 Stars for the AMAZING events in her life, not for the quality of writing, which was serviceable
I shall renew it soon. You're out of breath just reading it, nevermind living this life. WOW Husband Colin bought Mustique & created it.. - amongst a zillion other things. ( )
  c_why | Mar 1, 2021 |
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The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation - and is a character in The Crown this autumn. 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. She will appear as a character in the new series of The Crown this autumn.

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