Author: Anne Glenconner
Published: Hachette Books, March 24, 2020, eBook Edition
Length: 336 pages
Source: public library
Stars: 4 Stars
Summary (From the book):
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.
This is a gossipy, name dropping , and rollicking good time of a read. It’s like sitting with Anne Glenconnor with a drink and hearing all about her wild life. And the highs and lows of that life. This is one broad (though she might not like being called such) I would love to have drinks with. Anyway, if you are at all interested in what it was like for the aristocracy in the 70’s, well, this book is for you. Because let me tell you, some stuff happens to this woman.
But be aware, in spite of the title, there isn’t much about her time as lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. And that’s fine because her own life is just as fascinating as anyone in the British Royal Family. Really.
Not so much:
This book is just as I hoped and expect from a memoir, so I have nothing to criticize.
What I’ll Remember:
I read a lot of historical romances that feature as the heroes and heroines members of the aristocracy. So I forget that there are still titled Lords and Ladies floating around in GB. So this is a good reminder that these are real people and that there lives are probably even wilder than I can imagine.
Also, Anne Glenconnor needs to stay away from Paris. Nothing good ever happens to her in Paris!
I’m really dying to chat with someone about this wild book, so if you have, let me know in the comments. I would love to chat about it!