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The Royal Governess

The Royal Governess

Sunday Times bestselling author Wendy Holden brings to life the unknown childhood years of one of the world’s most iconic figures, Queen Elizabeth II, and reveals the little-known governess who made Britain’s queen into the monarch we know today.

In 1933, twenty-two-year-old Marion Crawford accepts the role of a lifetime, tutoring their Royal Highnesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. Her one stipulation to their parents the Duke and Duchess of York is that she bring some doses of normalcy into the sheltered and privileged lives of the two young princesses.

At Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and Balmoral, Marion defies oppressive court protocol to take the girls on tube trains, swimming at public baths, and on joyful Christmas shopping trips at Woolworth’s. From her ringside seat at the heart of the British monarchy she witnesses the upheaval of the Abdication and the glamour and drama of the 1937 Coronation.

During the war, as Hitler’s Heinkels fly over Windsor, she shelters her charges in the castle dungeons (not far from where the Crown Jewels are hidden in a biscuit tin). Afterwards, she is there when Elizabeth first sets eyes on Philip. But being beloved governess and confidante to the Windsor family has come at a cost. She puts her private life on hold until released from royal service following Princess Elizabeth’s marriage in 1947.

In a majestic story of love, sacrifice, and allegiance, bestselling novelist Holden shines a captivating light into the years before Queen Elizabeth II took the throne, as immortalized on the popular television series The Crown.

Titulo:The Royal Governess
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9780593101322
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The Royal Governess is focused on the childhood years of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1933, a new governess is hired, Marion Crawford. She is tasked with tutoring Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. Her main charg...

  • Betsy

    Me: way too many books about the 1930s and WWII, will never read another oneAlso me: will read literally anything about the House of Windsor, all of which are set in the 1930s and 40s...

  • Wendy'sThoughts

    3.5 Oh, The Windsors Stars* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick ReviewOh, our fascination with all things Royal. We read books about pretending royal princes, princesses, and all sorts of Dukes. We read cont...

  • Fiction Addition Angela

    This is an insight into Queen Elizabeths early years growing up in Royal life with her sister Princess Margaret and the King and Queen. Told from the perspective of Marion Crawford who was "the royal ...

  • The Lit Bitch

    This book popped up on my radar in the early summer and I have been looking forward to it ever since. Like many, I love all things royal and Queen Elizabeth has been such a mysterious figure for me. I...

  • Georgia

    More on Chill and readTwenty two year old Marion Crawford is determined to become a teacher in the slums. She wants to educate the poor and help them live a better life. Instead she is summoned by the...

  • Jo Chambers

    Marion Crawford is an idealistic young teacher from Scotland who wants to make a difference by educating children in the city slums. However, somewhat against her wishes, she ends up as governess to t...

  • Tracy

    A very interesting, well told story. Lots of things to consider and learn here....

  • Rebecca

    Thanks to Berkley for an advance reader's copy for honest review!3.5-4ish stars. As someone who is always interested in royalty, I've had a passing awareness of Marion Crawford, and in The Royal Gover...

  • Sharlene

    I love historical fiction that introduces you to someone you knew nothing. Being a fan of The Crown TV series, i am always looking for great historical fiction based on the Royals. "In 1933, twenty-tw...

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