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

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Anne Glenconner

9 Hours 9 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

March 2020

Audio Book Summary

Discover untold secrets with this extraordinary memoir of drama and tragedy by Anne Glenconner—a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. 

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.

With unprecedented insight into the royal family, Lady in Waiting is a witty, candid, dramatic, at times heart-breaking personal story capturing life in a golden cage for a woman with no inheritance.

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  • Anonymous

    Boring! Narrator frequently needed a sip of water but she didn’t get one.

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  • Tracy J.

    I think this is a wonderful insight, into an interesting era from an unusual social position, I am glad she shared it with the world. It reminded me that life truly is an adventure with ups and downs and you choose how to deal with them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Absolutely brilliant. Surpassed expectations on insider information. What a fascinating life - more so than Princess Margaret. LOVED IT

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  • Anonymous

    I had high expectations for this book unfortunately it was tedious and poorly narrated. The characters lives become boring due to so many side stories of no relevance. The story seems to jump from one place to another to give a lot of minutiae. Although personal stories would probably be very interesting if the writing wasn’t so verbose and with a professional narrator. I am disappointed as I looked forward to this book for months.

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