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Title : Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret
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ISBN : 9780688076627
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 415 Pages
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Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret Reviews

  • Brittany
    2019-03-26 15:09

    I quite enjoyed this book. I have fallen in love with the royals as many have recently with the beautiful Princess Kate joining Prince William and their adorable children. Add to it the Netflix series The Crown and the truth behind the intrigue is undeniable. Now, these were not my only reasons for being interested in the Royal Family, but they did prompt a desire to learn more.Anne Edwards does a nice job of shifting the focus back and forth between the sisters for the majority of the book. She becomes a bit fixated at the end with the Margaret-Townsend affair, but overall, she divided the focus well. I found the Duke of Windsor and his wife to be insufferable and have to wonder if they are being fairly portrayed. Afterall, is it likely the monarchy and parliment of England would allow the publication of a book that did not present him in this fashion? Regardless, his actions were ruthless and that came across in the information presented.I would have liked to have known Elizabeth and Margaret when they were children. It saddens me how much they missed out on as children because of their regimented lives. Even when normalcy was brought in (like joining girl guides) it wasn't like joining a normal troupe. My heart breaks for their missed opportunities in life and in love, but I am also, I admit, jealous of the lives they have and are living.

  • Simone
    2019-04-17 10:09

    I’ve read many biographies of the British Royal Family, the Windsors in particular, but never anything in depth about Margaret. After being disappointed by the amount of artistic licence (fictionalization) there was in season 2 of The Crown, my interest in reading an accurate biography of Margaret was reawakened.I am so enthralled by this author, her books contain so much new information and this always surprises me based on the long list of books I’ve already read. Her book “Matriarch” about the life of Queen Mary impressed me, and I was glad to see she had written a book about Margaret. I liked the idea of a book that would focus on the sisterhood of Elizabeth and Margaret, but I don’t think the book delivered on that front. I feel like it was a great biography of the Queen, with a little of Margaret thrown in from time to time for good measure. I am not so sure I have any additional insight into the sisterly relationship between the 2 women, and I still feel like a biography completely dedicated to Margaret would have given me more of what I wanted. In addition… where’s the rest of it!?!? It ends in 1960! As a result, the only part of her life that was covered was the “Group Captain Peter Townsend Affair” nothing about her marriage, divorce, kids, Roddy… Despite this, I am not disappointed since overall I was feel like there was a lot of new information and I was captivated throughout.

  • Leslie Goddard
    2019-04-07 13:03

    I enjoyed this book -- it's readable and well-researched but doesn't get bogged down in too much detail. She avoids the big trap of getting pulled into gossip.My big quibble, however, has to do with the misleading title. It's not the story of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret -- it ends about 1956 and dismisses the rest of their lives in a few sentences. What it really is, at least for the bulk of the book, is a comparison of the love stories between Elizabeth/Philip and Margaret/Peter Townsend. The title ought to reflect that. And Anne Edwards knew Peter Townsend, which clearly has impacted her ability to be objective about him. While there is plenty of other evidence to confirm that he was indeed an intelligent, mature, thoughtful man, he comes across here as a virtual saint, with scarcely a flaw and that makes him seems like a flat, undimensional cartoon character (unlike Philip who is criticized more but comes across as a much more fully fleshed out human being).

  • Ga-ranimals!
    2019-04-20 14:11

    The book was fine, but...it left me feeling that the author favored Margaret over Elizabeth. While Elizabeth is depicted as sheltered, introverted and duty-bound, Margaret is the beautiful one with theatrical talents and musical gifts. While Elizabeth must study history and geography of the British Empire, Margaret is the intellect who memorizes and absorbs her sister's lessons in addition to her own. When Elizabeth meets and falls in love with Philip, it is pictured less as a love match and more as a political one. Although Margaret's relationship with Townsend is star-crossed, it is the great love of each of their lives.Perhaps I should not read while fighting a cold, but this is how it read to me.

  • Laurie Hoppe
    2019-04-21 15:54

    This is a very sympathetic look at Elizabeth and Margaret Rose before and after the older sister became Queen Elizabeth II. I found myself unexpectedly touched by the two love affairs at the center of the book: Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and Princess Margaret and the divorced commoner Peter Townsend. A decorated RAF pilot, Capt. Townsend was a genuine war hero. It's shocking to me that he was considered "not good enough" for the Queen's younger sister. This book was written in 1990, well before Prince Charles divorced Diana and became the husband of divorced Camilla. None of that has had any impact on Charles' ability to ascend to the throne. Knowing the next generation's marital shenanigans only makes Margaret's heartache more poignant and unnecessary.

  • Claire
    2019-04-18 08:51

    Insightful look into a young Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret. This book was full of information and stories about "us four," which in terms of a royal time period, this might be my favorite. This book wasn't too "gossipy" and the notes were full of texts and other interesting information. If you are a history buff or enjoy reading about The British Monarchy, this one is worth the read.

  • K
    2019-04-01 07:44

    Really not a book about the sisters. I was looking for a biography of Margaret, and this is more a truncated biography of Elizabeth and her early life, with some details about Margaret thrown in. Anne Edwards is a very good writer, but the scope of this is somewhat unbalanced.

  • Michell Karnes
    2019-03-26 07:55

    An excellent book giving a detailed account of the lives of Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. The author relates how both of these women found love and their relationships with the men of their choosing. Of course Elizabeth was able to marry hers and how Margaret was not allowed to marry hers.

  • Kay Wahrsager
    2019-03-28 15:08

    Perfect for Crown watchersHighly enjoyable account of the Queen and Princess Margaret though I wish it had continued past the end of the Townsend affair and Prince Philip’s return from his Pacific tour.

  • Stephanie Montgomery
    2019-04-19 10:50

    I was having The Crown withdrawal. This hit the spot.

  • Mindy Foster
    2019-04-09 15:09

    was such a good book! kept you intrigued even though you know the history.

  • Jacqueline Lund
    2019-04-09 11:58

    I loved this book. It is historical and fascinating.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-31 15:03

    #76 of 120 books pledged to read during 2017.

  • Mike Cook
    2019-04-06 14:51

    This is one of the best biographies I've read. Thoroughly researched, it covers the sisters' lives from birth to 1990 when it was published. There is no maudlin fawning nor lurid tattling. The circumstances of the girls' childhood, adolescence, and adulthood are fleshed out quite well. The differences between the sisters, personally and status wise, are well illustrated. Margaret, though the younger of the two, was smarter, prettier, more outgoing and very talented entertainment-wise. Like her father, she was never expected to rule, so was never trained for it in any way. Elizabeth, on the other hand, was the heir-apparent, and started being included by her father in the decision making process at a very early age. Being Royal isn't all it's cracked up to be. Yes, there is pomp and excess the commoners can envy, but never attain (well almost never.) However, they come with duties, responsibilities, obligations, expectations, and restrictions. The modern monarchy isn't like those of olden days. The Queen can't have someone killed at her pleasure. She is Queen, but with restrictions. No omniscient potentate is she. The vagaries of the English class system and how a person can move up or down within it still mystify me, but I really liked the book.

  • ShannonDuran
    2019-04-02 10:47

    This book was pretty good not worth paying money for though. I enjoyed the stories about queen Elizabeth's background and the attempt the author makes at trying to make the queen seem more human. This book makes me happy she is not my grandmother. Good read. But average. I did also enjoy the scripts from the speeches in the back that was pretty nifty. I also sympathized with princess Margaret there for a little while until you realize to her money was more important then love

  • Lindsay
    2019-04-20 13:05

    I enjoyed this book. It was interesting reading about Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret's early days. However, I would have liked to read more about life after Queen Elizabeth II becoming Queen. This book stopped before Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong Jones which I found odd because the book was written in 1990. This book shed some more light on the abdication crisis.

  • Tricia
    2019-03-31 10:59

    An interesting look at the personalities of Queen Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret, as well as the rights and responsibilities of being part of the royal family. Includes a nice collection of photographs of the sisters, their parents and extended family.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-03 12:59

    This is a book that Loves Queen Elizabeth and HRH Princess Margaret. And the Queen Mother and King George VI

  • Madame Jane
    2019-04-05 13:51

    I love the closeness of the "we four" windsors. This is a nice overview of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret's early lives.

  • Marge
    2019-04-17 12:09

    Published in 1990, so not a thorough story certainly, but a very interesting early life of the future queen and her family.

  • Patty
    2019-04-22 10:12

    Really enjoyed reading this book.