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Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters

Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters

by Andrew Morton


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Perfect for fans of The Crown, this captivating biography from a New York Times bestselling author follows Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret as they navigate life in the royal spotlight.

They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends. But when, in a quixotic twist of fate, their uncle Edward Vlll decided to abdicate the throne, the dynamic between Elizabeth and Margaret was dramatically altered. Forever more Margaret would have to curtsey to the sister she called 'Lillibet.' And bow to her wishes.

Elizabeth would always look upon her younger sister's antics with a kind of stoical amusement, but Margaret's struggle to find a place and position inside the royal system—and her fraught relationship with its expectations—was often a source of tension. Famously, the Queen had to inform Margaret that the Church and government would not countenance her marrying a divorcee, Group Captain Peter Townsend, forcing Margaret to choose between keeping her title and royal allowances or her divorcee lover.

From the idyll of their cloistered early life, through their hidden war-time lives, into the divergent paths they took following their father's death and Elizabeth's ascension to the throne, this book explores their relationship over the years. Andrew Morton's latest biography offers unique insight into these two drastically different sisters—one resigned to duty and responsibility, the other resistant to it—and the lasting impact they have had on the Crown, the royal family, and the ways it adapted to the changing mores of the 20th century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538700457
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/05/2022
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 85,239
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Andrew Morton studied history at the University of Sussex, England, with a focus on aristocracy and the 1930s. Morton has written extensively on celebrity including biographies of Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, and Madonna, as well as the British royal family. He has written bestselling biographies of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Prince Andrew, and Meghan Markle. His #1 New York Times bestselling biography Diana: Her True Story won international acclaim, described by critics as a "modern classic" and "the closest we will ever come to her autobiography."

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sister, Friend, Judge ix

1 Rising of the Sun and the Moon 1

2 Sisters at War 31

3 Love in a Warm Climate 59

4 The Long Goodbye 89

5 "Bad or Mad" 115

6 "My Dear Prime Minister" 147

7 The Prince and the Showgirl 175

8 "Sex, Sex, Sex" 205

9 Cool Britannia 231

10 "I Hate You" 249

11 "My Darling Angel" 267

12 Bud and Her Rose 297

Acknowledgments 323

Notes 325

Select Bibliography 345

Photo Credits 349

Index 351

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