Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret

Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret

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In Royal Sisters, Anne Edwards, author of the bestselling Vivien Leigh: A Biography and Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor, has written the first dual biography of Elizabeth, the princess who was to become Queen, and her younger sister, Margaret, who was to be her subject. From birth to maturity, they were the stuff of which dreams are made. "I'm three and you're four," the future Queen, then a child, imperiously informed her sister. The younger girl, not understanding this reference to their position in the succession, proudly countered, "No, you're not. I'm three, you're seven." The royal sisters had no choice in their historic positions, but behind the palace gates and within the all-too-human confines of their personalities, they displayed tremendous individuality and suffered the usual symptoms of sibling rivalry. Royal Sisters provides an unprecedented and intimate portrait of these most famous siblings during their formative and dramatic youthful years. It is also one of the twentieth century's most fascinating stories of sisterly loyalty.

Title:Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780688076627
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    Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret Reviews

  • Simone

    I’ve read many biographies of the British Royal Family, the Windsors in particular, but never anything in depth about Margaret. After being disappointed by the amount of artistic licence (fictionali...

  • Carole

    This was an interesting and very detailed account of Elizabeth's ascent to the throne and beyond. It shared some details of the sisters, but I would say this book is incorrectly named as it doesn't go...

  • Zosi

    A well written book focusing mostly on the Coronation and the Townsend affair. I thought the book covered more of the girls’ lives and some clarification would have been nice, but the book is still ...

  • Brittany

    I quite enjoyed this book. I have fallen in love with the royals as many have recently with the beautiful Princess Kate joining Prince William and their adorable children. Add to it the Netflix series...

  • Leslie Goddard

    I enjoyed this book -- it's readable and well-researched but doesn't get bogged down in too much detail. She avoids the big trap of getting pulled into gossip.My big quibble, however, has to do with t...

  • Mary

    this was a good biography of the relationship between the queen and her sister princess Margaret. it does not go all the way thru their life but a good portion of it.one does not realize the sacrifice...

  • SEH

    I really enjoyed Anne Edwards’ “Matriarch” about Queen Mary a few months ago and was overjoyed to discover that a) she had written a book about Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, and b) my l...

  • Jennifer

    Revisiting the early lives of Elizabeth and Margaret Before there was a Queen and a Royal Princess, there were two little girls who were adored by their parents, the Duke and Dutchess of York. The Duk...

  • Lydia Cox

    After seeing The Crown, I was interested in reading this book to see how well it aligned and I was happily surprised. After doing a lot of phone fact-checking while watching The Crown, we found that i...

  • Laurie Hoppe

    This is a very sympathetic look at Elizabeth and Margaret Rose before and after the older sister became Queen Elizabeth II. I found myself unexpectedly touched by the two love affairs at the center of...