Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

Hachette. Mar. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9780306846366. $28. BIOG
Inspired to share her stories by visits from Helena Bonham Carter and Nancy Carroll in preparation for their roles in the third season of Netflix’s The Crown, Glenconner weaves a captivating narrative that hooks readers from the start. From her early childhood in Norfolk to being Maid of Honor at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation to her position as Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret and beyond, Lady Glenconner provides an open and honest look into the private lives of England’s royal family and the most elite members of society. The author’s sense of humor shines through in her writing, bringing levity to some of the difficult times that peppered her life. While her lifelong friendship with Princess Margaret allows readers to see a different side of the royal, some of the most fascinating stories involve the author’s husband, Lord Glenconner.
VERDICT Highly recommended for readers interested in the British aristocracy and personality-driven memoirs. Glenconner, featured in the third season of The Crown, is a strong, intriguing woman whom fans of the show may wish to learn more about.
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