The first in-depth dual-biography of Elizabeth & Margaret, written by the bestselling royal biographer, Andrew Morton.
They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends.
But when, in a quixotic twist of fate, their uncle Edward VIII 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 wartime 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, renowned bestselling author of Diana: Her True Story, 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 way it has adapted to the changing mores of the twentieth century.
I have always found all things historical fascinating, so when given the opportunity to read and review this book that focuses on the lives of two of the most iconic women in British Royalty, I simply could not refuse.
Taking us back to their childhood, we get to learn more about what life would have been like growing up within the monarchy and the rules they had to abide by even at a young age. And of course, with Elizabeth being next in line for the throne Margaret had to curtsey to her older sister – something that would certainly rise tensions between any siblings no matter their upbringing.
And then as I am sure most of us already know, Margaret went through a somewhat rebellious stage and gained a party girl reputation, but this book delves deeper into her life and the circumstances that certainly played a role in shaping the woman she became.
I have always found Queen Elizabeth II a truly marvellous person who had to face the huge responsibility of taking the throne at a very young age. You can only begin to imagine how taking on such a monumental role would weigh down on someone’s shoulders, but once again we are given a new insight into what this entailed for the young Elizabeth, and ultimately the tole that this took on the sisters and their relationship.
This is undoubtedly a truly insightful, fascinating read that I found myself full immersed in from the moment I opened the book. Despite already knowing a fair amount about both Elizabeth and Margaret, it was a refreshing, compassionate insight as to how the situations they faced throughout their years shaped their lives in more ways than I could even begin to comprehend.
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About the Author
ANDREW MORTON is one of the world’s best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His ground-breaking 1992 biography revealed the secret world of Princess Diana, prompting Tina Brown to declare in The Diana Chronicles, “The journalist Morton most reminds me of is Bob Woodward.” Diana: Her True Story became a #1 New York Times bestseller, as did Monica’s Story, Morton’s portrait of the young woman behind the blue dress in the Clinton White House.
The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year by the British Book Awards and Scoop of the Year by the London Press Club, he lives in London and has travelled extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe in his research for this biography.
*Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours, OMara Books and Andrew Morton for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*