Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown


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Hachette Books
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Lady Glenconner was born Lady Anne Coke in 1932, the eldest daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester, and grew up at their ancestral estate at Holkham Hall in Norfolk, England. A Maid of Honor at the Queen's coronation, she married Lord Glenconner in 1956. They had five children together, three of whom survive. In 1958 she and her husband began to transform the island of Mustique into a paradise for the rich and famous. They granted a plot of land to Princess Margaret, who built her favorite home there. Anne Glenconner was appointed a Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret in 1971 and kept this role--accompanying her on many state occasions and foreign tours--until the Princess's death in 2002. Lord Glenconner died in 2010. Lady Glenconner now lives in a farmhouse in Norfolk.


"I couldn't put it down. Funny and touching - like looking through a keyhole at a lost world."--Rupert Everett

"A remarkable memoir--containing, at last, a genuine portrait of Princess Margaret from one who knew her well. But this book is poignant too, and through the pages shine [Anne's] courage and good-humored acceptance of her demons and tragedies."--Hugo Vickers

"This memoir of consorting with Princess Margaret and the royal family is remarkable."
--The Sunday Times (UK)

"A startling, rare, beguiling insight into a lost world of royalty and celebrity with as many tears as there are titles... Anne's story - a breath-taking array of top-drawer gossip--is told with an endearing modesty and with an extraordinary sense of surprise that all these things happened to her... The book is a diamond-mine of glittering asides."
--Daily Express

"Extraordinary."--Loose Women

"[An] upfront account of her life... [you'll] laugh out loud, exclaim in shock, and cry as [you] read it....An amazing read. There's so much humanity... as well as stories of glitz and glamour and royalty... it's a life fully lived."--"Nightlife" ABC radio (AU)

"Gentle, wise, unpretentious, but above all inspiring."--The Times (UK)

"A candid, witty and stylish memoir."--Miranda Seymour, Financial Times

"Astounding memoir."--India Knight

"It's a total hoot - I can't put it down."--Janet Street-Porter, Daily Mail

"A romp of an autobiography."--The Times (UK)

"Marvelous book . . . one's eyes were on stalks."--Jan Moir, Daily Mail

"I hooted my way through Anne Glenconner's Lady in Waiting... Glenconner's memoir of three decades as Princess Margaret's chief courtier is matter of fact about her bonkers life, making it all the more amusing"--Marcus Field, Evening Standard
"A record, funny and sometimes dazzling, of a way of life now almost disappeared."--Rachel Cooke, Observer
"Royal obsessives and casual observers alike will devour this memoir by the confidante-a noble herself-of Princess Margaret. Glenconner candidly writes about the unimaginable tragedies she endured in her personal life, and of the gilded affairs she witnessed on the periphery of royal life."--Newsweek
"Meticulously detailed....[W]hat makes this account fresh and poignant is Glenconner's use of affluent characters to demonstrate the extent to which class trumps power....By unflinchingly examining everything from her troubled marriage and her fraught relationship with her children to the solace she found in service, the author emerges as a flawed yet steely woman worthy of respect. In laying her life bare, she demonstrates the limitations of being a woman in the British class system, showing that privilege is no insulation from suffering or pain. A must-have for loyal royal fans."--Kirkus Reviews

"Anne Glenconner's life story is a combination of royal magic, personal tragedy and resilient survival. With humor, courage, and preternatural poise, Anne Glenconner triumphed over all of it and at last tells the story of her uniquely fascinating life."
--Tina Brown

"Discretion and honor emerge as the hallmarks of Glenconner's career as a royal servant, culminating in this book which manages to be both candid and kind."--The Guardian

"Rollicking... a fascinating, anthropological portrait of the... privilege-soaked world of the British aristocracy... extraordinary anecdotes... Anne's book paints such a rich picture of the aristocracy it's impossible not to marvel at the institution, both in admiration and horror."--Sydney Morning Herald
"One of the most enjoyable books of 2019."--Alison Pearson, The Sunday Telegraph

"A must-read book of the year."
--Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

"In this genuine and candid work, Lady Anne recounts her story, offering some rare insight into the uniquely fascinating world of royal life."--BookRiot

"Whether describing scenes of delicacy or debauchery, these insider accounts are fascinating. Glenconner is unfailingly perceptive, honest, and amazingly down-to-earth, a survivor who embodies the British trait of "getting on with it.""
--Booklist (starred review)

"Lady Glenconner provides an open and honest look into the private lives of England's royal family and the most elite members of society. The author's sense of humor shines through in her writing, bringing levity to some of the difficult times that peppered her life."--Library Journal (starred review)

"A smart, dishy, and truly touching autobiography."--Town & Country

"Lady in Waiting...will make you laugh and cry and gasp....At the heart is loss, grief, stoicism, and love."
"Stalwart and disarmingly honest....Emotion resonates through this delightful memoir...candid, humorous."--The Wall Street Journal

"Riveting...[Anne's] stiff upper lip never quivers."--Oprah Magazine

"It's an astonishing story and narrated with a deceptive simplicity. There isn't a boring sentence in the entire book."--Daily Mail