George and Marina: Duke and Duchess of Kent

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Albert Bridge Books #ad - As a young man, voraciously addicted to drugs and sex, with his night-clubbing lifestyle and intimate liaisons, with men as much as women, marriage and parenthood for the impetuously wayward playboy prince, was seen as the only stabilizing influence. As duke and duchess of kent, not least in the aftermath of the abdication of george’s adored elder brother, the briefly-reigned King Edward VIII; the man with whom he had not only shared both home and high-flying lifestyles, George and Marina were the Crown’s most glittering representatives, but who had helped cure him of his addiction to morphine and cocaine.

On and off duty, the duke and duchess lived life to the full, and after George’s untimely death, Marina continued to do so during the twenty-six years of her widowhood. Enter the stylish and sophisticated princess Marina, the cultured, artistic and multilingual youngest daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and his Russian-born wife, Grand Duchess Yelena Vladimirovna.

George and Marina: Duke and Duchess of Kent #ad - For eight brief years, were the british monarchy’s, prince george, princess marina of greece and Denmark, before he was tragically killed in a mysterious air crash during the Second World War, son of King George V and Queen Mary, indeed, and his beautiful wife, Duke of Kent, high society’s, most glamorous royal couple; and as golden royal icons they are still remembered.

Revisiting his 1988 best-selling biography, george and Marina: Duke and Duchess of Kent, in this revised and partly re-written study, Christopher Warwick, tells their story anew.

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Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - From a family of impoverished nobility, heir to the throne, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne.

. The life of princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. Her pivotal role in the abdication of her eldest son, the Duke of Windsor, is just one of the events that provide the backdrop for both thrilling biography and for narrating the splendors and tragedies of the entire house of Windsor.

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Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise

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Thomas Dunne Books #ad - The secrets of queen victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. She battled with her indomitable mother for permission to practice the "masculine" art of sculpture and go to art college-and in doing so became the first British princess to attend a public school. The rumors of louise's colorful love life persist even today, with hints of love affairs dating as far back as her teenage years, and notable scandals included entanglements with her sculpting tutor Joseph Edgar Boehm and possibly even her sister Princess Beatrice's handsome husband, Liko.

She moved with him to Canada when he was appointed Governor-General. Spirited and lively, intrigues, scandals, Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter is richly packed with arguments, and secrets, and is a vivid portrait of a princess desperate to escape her inheritance. The most feisty of the victorian princesses, she kicked against her mother's controlling nature and remained fiercely loyal to her brothers-especially the sickly Leopold and the much-maligned Bertie.

Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise #ad - She sought out other unconventional women, including Josephine Butler and George Eliot, and campaigned for education and health reform and for the rights of women. What was so dangerous about this artistic, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumor and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, modern before her time, she discovered a fascinating woman, whose story has been shielded for years from public view.

Louise was a sculptor and painter, friend to the Pre-Raphaelites and a keen member of the Aesthetic movement. True to rebellious form, she refused all royal suitors and became the first member of the royal family, since the sixteenth century, to marry a commoner.

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A Family of Kings: The Descendants of Christian IX of Denmark

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Thistle Publishing #ad - In 1863, should marry princess alexandra, Queen Victoria decreed that Edward, Prince of Wales, daughter of the obscure and unsophisticated heir to the Danish throne. For, in the year that alexandra became princess of wales, her brother willie was elected King of the Hellenes ; her father at last succeeded to the Danish throne; her sister Dagmar was soon to become wife of the future Tsar Alexander III of Russia; and her youngest sister Thyra later married the de jure King of Hanover.

The beauty, grace and charm of prince christian's daughter had prevailed over the Queen's intense dislike of the Danish royal house, and had even persuaded the embarrassingly difficult Bertie to agree to the match. A family of kings is the story of the crowned children and grandchildren of Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark, focusing on the half-century before the First World War.

. The outstanding success of theo aronson's previous book, Grandmama of Europe, confirms his reputation as a chronicler of the fortunes of Europe's ruling houses. Thus began the fairy-tale saga of a family that handed on its good looks, unaffectedness, and democratic manners to almost every royal house of modern Europe.

A Family of Kings: The Descendants of Christian IX of Denmark #ad - A family of kings bears the hallmark of the author's remarkable talent, and provides a fascinating evocation of the splendour and extravagance, and not infrequent tragedy, of nineteenth and twentieth century royalty. Without doubt, the chic and beautiful alexandra epitomized the spectacular flowering of the Danish dynasty; and just as she brought an unprecedented popularity to the sobriety of the English court, so her brothers and sisters helped enliven the staid European scene.

It is an intimate, the individual personalities, domestic study of a close-knit family, and the courts to which they came.

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The Quest for Queen Mary

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Hodder & Stoughton #ad - A delightful insight into an eclectic life'The Daily Telegraph'Very funny and astute. Giving much greater insight into queen mary than the official version, and a young Queen Elizabeth, and including sharply observed encounters with, the Duke of Gloucester, among others, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, The Quest for Queen Mary is set to be a classic of royal publishing.

Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years.

The Quest for Queen Mary #ad - A loathly feast for royal-watchers' hilary mantel, exotic species from a world gone by'Craig Brown, with a few sharp strokes of the pen, a mad, conjuring up, New Statesman Books of the Year 2018'A complete delight, Mail on Sunday'Gloriously indiscreet . The best royal book ever'harry mount, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, Financial Times* * *When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, court members and retainers around Europe.

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Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years That Changed England

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Penguin Books #ad - But was it? as bailey retraces the fitzwilliam family history, she uncovers a legacy riddled with bitter feuds, scandals including Peter Fitzwilliam’s ill-fated affair with American heiress Kick Kennedy, and civil unrest as the conflict between the coal industry and its miners came to a head. The earl also left behind four sons, and the family line seemed assured.

From the new york times–bestselling author of the secret rooms, the extraordinary true story of the downfall of one of England’s wealthiest familiesFans of Downton Abbey now have a go-to resource for fascinating, real-life stories of the spectacular lives led by England’s aristocrats. Once again, bailey has written an irresistible and brilliant narrative history.

Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years That Changed England #ad - . With the novelistic flair and knack for historical detail catherine Bailey displayed in her New York Times bestseller The Secret Rooms, Black Diamonds provides a page-turning chronicle of the Fitzwilliam coal-mining dynasty and their breathtaking Wentworth estate, the largest private home in England. When the sixth earl fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left behind the second largest estate in twentieth-century England, valued at more than £3 billion of today’s money—a lifeline to the tens of thousands of people who worked either in the family’s coal mines or on their expansive estate.

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Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece

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St. Martin's Press #ad - She was born deaf, at windsor castle, Darmstadt, and brought up in England, in the presence of her grandmother, Queen Victoria, and Malta. In 1903 she married prince andrew of greece and Denmark, revolutions, and from then on her life was overshadowed by wars, and enforced periods of exile. Seated with the royal family, she was a part of them, yet somehow distanced from them.

Inasmuch as she is remembered at all today, it is as this shadowy figure in gray nun's clothes. Princess alice, mother of Prince Phillip, was something of a mystery figure even within her own family. Amidst all the jewels, and velvet and coronets, and the fine uniforms, she exuded an unworldly simplicity.

Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece #ad - How she achieved her recovery is just one of the remarkable aspects of her story. Though the british royal family remained in the ascendant, her German family ceased to be ruling princes, her two aunts who had married Russian royalty had come to savage ends, and soon afterwards Alice's own husband was nearly executed as a political scapegoat.

The middle years of her life, which should have followed a conventional and fulfilling path, did the opposite. She suffered from a serious religious crisis and at the age of forty-five was removed from her family and placed in a sanitarium in Switzerland, where she was pronounced a paranoid schizophrenic.

In 1953, at the coronation of queen elizabeth II, Princess Alice was dressed from head to foot in a long gray dress and a gray cloak, and a nun's veil.

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Princess Alice: Countess of Athlone

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Thistle Publishing #ad - For many years she was chancellor of the university of the West Indies and until her death in 1981 at the age of 97 she remained lively and interested in a great variety of social and cultural events. She grew up under the watchful eye of queen Victoria and in 1904 married Prince Alexander of Teck, afterwards known as the Earl of Athlone, Queen Mary's brother.

. Renowned for her beauty, elegance and vivacity, she was for the remainder of her long life one of the most popular and energetic members of the Royal Family. When he was appointed governor general of Canada during the Second World War, Princess Alice won the hearts of Canadians as well. In 1923 lord athlone was appointed governor General of South Africa and his wife was at his side through some of that country's most turbulent years.

Princess Alice: Countess of Athlone #ad - She would have made a wonderful queen - she certainly was a splendid princess. Princess alice was the daughter of Queen Victoria's youngest son Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany.

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Behind Palace Doors - My Service as the Queen Mother's Equerry

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John Blake #ad - Behind palace doors" is a unique and warmly remembered historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions. She was described as the most dangerous woman in europe by adolf hitler; Noel Coward said people who spent any time with her were always reduced to 'gibbering worshippers'; she adored Margaret Thatcher and disliked Germans; she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth.

Above all, though, she was loved by the nation and in this affectionate and often hilarious inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, her former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals. Constantly fascinating and packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing.

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Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's Princess

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Old Street Publishing #ad - Charlotte & leopold is a moving and always entertaining royal biography with an alluring contemporary resonance. Charlotte was the only legitimate royal child of her generation, and her death in childbirth was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir. Chambers brilliantly demonstrates how the personal and the political collide in scheming post-Napoleonic Europe, offering a vivid and sympathetic portrait of a couple whose lives are in many ways not their own.

Queen Victoria was the product. This is the story of the doomed romance between Charlotte, and Leopold, heir to the English throne, uncle of Queen Victoria and first King of the Belgians.

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