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The Windsor Diaries


Alathea Fitzalan Howard



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Hodder & Stoughton
01 October 2020
**SPECTATOR BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2020** **TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2020** **SUNDAY EXPRESS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2020** **A DAILY MAIL CHRISTMAS BOOKS PICK** 'For a glimpse into the lives of the young princesses these diaries are riveting' Daily Mail, Christmas Books 2020 'A wonderful book' A. N. Wilson, Spectator, Books of the Year 2020 'A new perspective on Lilibet as she fell for her future husband' Sunday Express, Books of the Year 2020 'Funny, astute, poignant and historically fascinating' The Times 'A compelling and revealing insight into the teenage life of the then Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret' Richard Kay, Daily Mail 'I loved reading this, so reminiscent of my own childhood' Anne Glenconner, author of Lady in Waiting 'Alathea found herself living in Windsor with the Princesses throughout the Second World War. She captures that tiny, peaceful island in a world on fire' Charles Moore, Spectator 'This is an enthralling book . . . often funny and sometimes truly moving' The Oldie 'Fascinating insight into Elizabeth as a teenager' OK! Magazine ************************ The Windsor Diaries are the never-before-seen diaries of Alathea Fitzalan Howard, who lived alongside the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret at Windsor Castle during the Second World War.

Alathea's home life was an unhappy one. Her parents had separated and so during the war she was sent to live with her grandfather, Viscount Fitzalan of Derwent, at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. There Alathea found the affection and harmony she craved as she became a close friend of the two princesses, visiting them often at Windsor Castle, enjoying parties, balls, cinema evenings, picnics and celebrations with the Royal Family and other members of the Court.

Alathea's diary became her constant companion during these years as day by day she recorded every intimate detail of life with the young Princesses, often with their governess Crawfie, or with the King and Queen.

Written from the ages of sixteen to twenty-two, she captures the tight-knit, happy bonds between the Royal Family, as well as the aspirations and anxieties, sometimes extreme, of her own teenage mind.

These unique diaries give us a bird's eye view of Royal wartime life with all of Alathea's honest, yet affectionate judgments and observations - as well as a candid and vivid portrait of the young Princess Elizabeth, known to Alathea as 'Lilibet'
By:   Alathea Fitzalan Howard
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   560g
ISBN:   9781529328097
ISBN 10:   1529328098
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alathea Fitzalan Howard was born in 1923. Had she been a boy, she would eventually have become Duke of Norfolk, the head of England's leading Catholic aristocratic family, and Earl Marshal and inherited Arundel Castle. Her parents had separated and she was sent to live at Windsor with her grandfather during the Second World War. There, her constant companions were Princess Elizabeth, 13, and Margaret, 9, who were also being educated by governesses at home. Alathea's diaries begin on New Year's Eve 1939 and she continued to write them for the rest of her life. In 1953 she married Hon. Edward Ward whom she outlived. They settled in Lausanne. She died in 2001. Isabella Naylor-Leyland is married to Alathea's nephew Philip. They have 6 children and live in Cambridgeshire. During Alathea's latter years she spent an increasing amount of time with Isabella and her family. At her death Alathea left her diaries to Isabella who has taken up the challenge of publishing them in accordance with Alathea's wish.

Reviews for The Windsor Diaries: 1940-45

'I loved reading this. So reminiscent of my own childhood' -- Anne Glenconner, author of LADY IN WAITING 'This is an enthralling book . . . often funny and sometimes truly moving * The Oldie * 'Funny, astute, poignant and historically fascinating' * The Times *

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