Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret by Anne EdwardsI’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 (fictionalization) there was in season 2 of The Crown, my interest in reading an accurate biography of Margaret was reawakened.
I am so enthralled by this author, her books contain so much new information and this always surprises me based on the long list of books I’ve already read. Her book “Matriarch” about the life of Queen Mary impressed me, and I was glad to see she had written a book about Margaret.
I liked the idea of a book that would focus on the sisterhood of Elizabeth and Margaret, but I don’t think the book delivered on that front. I feel like it was a great biography of the Queen, with a little of Margaret thrown in from time to time for good measure. I am not so sure I have any additional insight into the sisterly relationship between the 2 women, and I still feel like a biography completely dedicated to Margaret would have given me more of what I wanted.
In addition… where’s the rest of it!?!? It ends in 1960! As a result, the only part of her life that was covered was the “Group Captain Peter Townsend Affair” nothing about her marriage, divorce, kids, Roddy…
Despite this, I am not disappointed since overall I was feel like there was a lot of new information and I was captivated throughout.
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret: The Dramatic Differences Between the Royal Sisters
At the age of 4, then-Princess Elizabeth became an older sibling. Her sister Princess Margaret was born in August , and the two little girls had an undeniable and unbreakable bond from the start. The princesses were educated together by a governess at their home in London until , when their father, the Duke of York, reluctantly took the throne after his brother Edward's abdication. Many accounts of the girls' royal upbringing detail their differences in personality. For instance, Elizabeth was always a serious and responsible child, while Margaret was your typical second-born : precocious and playful, with a wild streak and penchant for grabbing attention. If it sounds familiar, it should: just look at the similar traits found in other royal second children like Prince Harry , Zara Tindall , and Princess Charlotte.
Known for her rebellious behavior , the Countess of Snowdon was one of the most popular royals in history. Princess Margaret was different since birth. After all, she was the first member of the British royal family to be born in Scotland in over years. Their wedding was the first British royal wedding broadcasted on national television, marking a new tradition within the royal family. Despite their differences — in both their personalities and royal responsibilities — Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret had a close relationship.
By Michael Thornton for the Daily Mail. Everyone, surely, even the most flint-hearted of Republicans, will wish the little Princess a long, happy and healthy life. Yet, in spite of the new succession legislation that will spare her from being demoted lower and lower in the royal pecking order simply because she is a girl, one cannot help wondering exactly what future lies in store for Prince George's baby sister. Being born a royal number two can be, as Time magazine once observed, 'a lousy gig'. Prince William, the most family-minded of men, spoke significantly, on the day of his engagement to Catherine Middleton in , of 'the mistakes of the past' from which it was necessary to 'learn lessons'.