The Windsor Diaries: A childhood with the Princesses (Hardback)Alathea Fitzalan Howard (author)
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A fascinating snapshot of the royal family during wartime, Alathea Fitzalan Howard’s diaries chronicle a close friendship with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret with candour and grace.
The Windsor Diaries are the never-before-seen diaries of Alathea Fitzalan Howard, who lived alongside the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret at Windsor Castle during the Second World War.
Alathea's home life was an unhappy one. Her parents had separated and so during the war she was sent to live with her grandfather, Viscount Fitzalan of Derwent, at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. There Alathea found the affection and harmony she craved as she became a close friend of the two princesses, visiting them often at Windsor Castle, enjoying parties, balls, cinema evenings, picnics and celebrations with the Royal Family and other members of the Court.
Alathea's diary became her constant companion during these years as day by day she recorded every intimate detail of life with the young Princesses, often with their governess Crawfie, or with the King and Queen.
Written from the ages of sixteen to twenty-two, she captures the tight-knit, happy bonds between the Royal Family, as well as the aspirations and anxieties, sometimes extreme, of her own teenage mind.
These unique diaries give us a bird's eye view of Royal wartime life with all of Alathea's honest, yet affectionate judgments and observations - as well as a candid and vivid portrait of the young Princess Elizabeth, known to Alathea as 'Lilibet', a warm, self-contained girl, already falling for her handsome prince Philip, and facing her ultimate destiny: the Crown.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 692 g
Dimensions: 236 x 154 x 38 mm
'Funny, astute, poignant and historically fascinating' * The Times *
'This is an enthralling book . . . often funny and sometimes truly moving.' - The Oldie
'I loved reading this. So reminiscent of my own childhood' - Anne Glenconner, author of Lady In Waiting
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“Beautiful and absorbing”
A beautiful diary read, I really felt part of what was going on.
Alathea's life as a teenager growing up during WW2 is fascinating, the way her friendships evolved during wartime, how her life changed and her... More
These book is based on the diaries of Alathea Howard between 1940 to 1945.
Alathea was living with her grandfather in Windsor and got to become friendly with the Royal Family.
She wasn't close to her parents and... More
I was really looking forward to reading this book - a bit of an insiders story about the wartime life at Windsor castle by someone who was a contemporary/playmate of Princesses Elizabeth & Margaret ...... More
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