The Windsor Diaries: My Childhood with the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret

May 4, 2021
The Windsor Diaries: My Childhood with the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret

The never-before-published diaries of Alathea FitzalanHoward—who spent her teenaged years living out World War II inWindsor Great Park with her close friends Princess Margaret andPrincess Elizabeth, the future queen of the United Kingdom—providean extraordinary and intimate look at the British RoyalFamily.Like so many others in Great Britain, young Alathea FitzalanHoward's life was turned upside down by the start of the SecondWorld War. Sent to stay with her grandfather at the historicCumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, Alathea found the affectionshe so craved through her close friendship with the two princessesElizabeth and Margaret, and their parents King George VI and QueenElizabeth, her neighbors at nearby Windsor Castle.Together, the girls enjoyed parties, cinema evenings, picnics,and more, all recorded in honest and captivating detail inAlathea's diary, which she kept as a constant source of comfort.Day by day, from ages sixteen to twenty-two, she recorded theintimate details of her life with the Royal Family and theanxieties of wartime Britain. Now, published for the first time,these unique diaries unveil a candid and vivid portrait of theBritish Royal Family and of Princess Elizabeth in particular, thewarm, quiet young girl who was already on her journey to herultimate destiny: the Crown.