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Lady in Waiting

My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown
Publishing Year: 2019
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Anne Glenconner’s remarkable memoir is replete with suspense, tragedy, and royal secrets. Glenconner was part of the inner circle of the royal family, and was Princess Margaret's lady-in-waiting. During her youth, Glenconner met and made friends with the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, Princess Margaret. Glenconner stood witness to several important moments in royal history. She also shares with us several intimate details of the royal circle. Lady in Waiting is a witty, frank, dramatic, occasionally heart-breaking personal story of a woman left without an inheritance.

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Lesson 1. Courtiers play an important role and are normally chosen from an elite group of noble British families.

 

Can you remember a moment when your life was changed forever? For Lady Anne Glenconner, it was when she received a telegram one morning, while living in the US. She had set sail from London to New York in November 1952, at just nineteen years of age. Stateside, she moved with film executives and movie stars like Bette Davis and Bob Hope, in exclusive social circles. The telegram she received early one morning in February 1953, would change the course of her life.

 

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was to take place within a few months. Elizabeth had appointed Anne as one of her maids of honor, which meant that during the ceremony she would serve as one of Elizabeth's attendants. Conventionally, a personal team of courtiers is hired by the British Royal Family for such purpose. Such courtiers include equerries, senior attendants drawn from the armed forces, and ladies-in-waiting who work as attendants of female royals.

 

While these may sound like duties for servants and employees, they actually confer prestige. The royals typically give these responsibilities to trusted friends from noble families, which are passed down from one generation to the next, along with the titles. Although Anne was happily pleased by this role, it was not entirely unexpected. Her father was an equerry to King George, after all. She returned to England shortly afterwards to fulfill her royal obligation. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was held at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, before an audience of eight thousand people.

 

Though Anne recalls Buckingham Palace's post-coronation festivities as a joyful affair, there was one exception. The younger sister of the Queen, Princess Margaret, looked gloomy. Margaret would tell Anne later that she felt sad that day. Her father, after all, had just died. Now, she thought that she was also losing her sister. And it was very true. Elizabeth was soon overwhelmed with the obligations and duties of becoming Queen. In the shadow of her sister, the Queen, Margaret was left to adapt to the changed circumstances.

 

Lesson 2. Even outside aristocratic circles, Princess Margaret was a trendsetter.

Coming out of the shadow of an older sibling is often a daunting task. For Margaret, it was no different. Margaret quickly developed a reputation for being wayward and rebellious, in comparison with her dutiful older sister. The Caribbean island had no drinking water or electricity when Anne and her husband Colin purchased it in 1958,

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Lady Glenconner is now 88. She was born Lady Anne Coke in 1932, the eldest daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester, and grew up in their ancestral estate at Holkham Hall in Norfolk. A Maid of Honour at the Queen’s Coronation, she married Lord Glenconner...

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  • Lesson 1. Courtiers play an important role and are normally chosen from an elite group of noble British families.
  • Lesson 2. Even outside aristocratic circles, Princess Margaret was a trendsetter.
  • Lesson 3. Royal life is not always as thrilling as you expect it to be.
  • Lesson 4. The strict Royal Protocols always hindered Margaret’s romantic relationships.
  • Lesson 5. It's best to expect the unexpected when it comes to royal tours.
  • Lesson 6. Margaret and her family enjoyed relaxing together, outside of the spotlight.
  • Lesson 7. The British royal family has fought for the destigmatization of AIDS.
  • Lesson 8. The struggles of Princess Margaret did not diminish her legacy or her sense of humor.
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In the summary of Lady in Waiting book, there are 8 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1. Courtiers play an important role and are normally chosen from an elite group of noble British families.
  2. Lesson 2. Even outside aristocratic circles, Princess Margaret was a trendsetter.
  3. Lesson 3. Royal life is not always as thrilling as you expect it to be.
  4. Lesson 4. The strict Royal Protocols always hindered Margaret’s romantic relationships.
  5. Lesson 5. It's best to expect the unexpected when it comes to royal tours.
  6. Lesson 6. Margaret and her family enjoyed relaxing together, outside of the spotlight.
  7. Lesson 7. The British royal family has fought for the destigmatization of AIDS.
  8. Lesson 8. The struggles of Princess Margaret did not diminish her legacy or her sense of humor.

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