The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II's Childhood
In "a beautifully woven and exquisitelydetailed story of strong upstairs/downstairs women" (HeatherMorris, New York Times bestselling author of TheTattooist of Auschwitz) Sunday Times bestsellingauthor Wendy Holden brings to life the unknown childhood years ofone of the world's most famous figures, Queen Elizabeth II, andreveals the spirited young governess who made her the icon we lovetoday.In 1933, twenty-two-year-old Marion Crawford accepts the role ofa lifetime, tutoring the little Princesses Elizabeth and MargaretRose. Her one stipulation to their parents the Duke and Duchess ofYork is that she bring some doses of normalcy into their shelteredand privileged lives.At Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral, Marion defiesstuffy protocol to take the princesses on tube trains, swimming atpublic baths, and on joyful Christmas shopping trips atWoolworth's. From her ringside seat at the heart of the Britishmonarchy she witnesses twentieth-century history's most seismicevents. The trauma of the Abdication, the glamour of theCoronation, the onset of World War II. She steers the little girlsthrough it all, as close as a mother.During Britain's darkest hour, as Hitler's planes fly overWindsor, she shelters her charges in the castle dungeons (not farfrom where the Crown Jewels are hidden in a biscuit tin).Afterwards, she is present when Elizabeth first sets eyes onPhilip.But being beloved confidante to the Windsors comes at hugepersonal cost. Marriage, children, her own views: all arecompromised by proximity to royal glory. In this majestic story oflove, sacrifice and allegiance, bestselling novelist Holden shinesa captivating light into the years before Queen Elizabeth II tookthe throne.