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Lady in Waiting - Anne Glenconner

Lady in Waiting

By Anne Glenconner

  • Release Date: 2020-03-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 351 Ratings


Discover untold secrets with this extraordinary memoir of drama and tragedy by Anne Glenconner—a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. 

Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Princess Margaret. Though the firstborn child of the 5th Earl of Leicester, who controlled one of the largest estates in England, as a daughter she was deemed "the greatest disappointment" and unable to inherit. Since then she has needed all her resilience to survive court life with her sense of humor intact.

A unique witness to landmark moments in royal history, Maid of Honor at Queen Elizabeth's coronation, and a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret until her death in 2002, Anne's life has encompassed extraordinary drama and tragedy. In Lady in Waiting, she will share many intimate royal stories from her time as Princess Margaret's closest confidante as well as her own battle for survival: her broken-off first engagement on the basis of her "mad blood"; her 54-year marriage to the volatile, unfaithful Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who left his fortune to a former servant; the death in adulthood of two of her sons; a third son she nursed back from a six-month coma following a horrific motorcycle accident. Through it all, Anne has carried on, traveling the world with the royal family, including visiting the White House, and developing the Caribbean island of Mustique as a safe harbor for the rich and famous-hosting Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Raquel Welch, and many other politicians, aristocrats, and celebrities.

With unprecedented insight into the royal family, Lady in Waiting is a witty, candid, dramatic, at times heart-breaking personal story capturing life in a golden cage for a woman with no inheritance.

New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
The Sunday Times Bestseller

The Globe and Mail Bestseller
ABA Indie Bestseller
The Times (UK) Memoir of the Year
One of Newsweek's Most Anticipated Books of 2020


  • Royal Fans-beware!

    By pattygrandma
    Fascinating! Couldn’t put it down!
  • What a life!

    By Mynameistaken22
    What an amazing life this lady had. Interesting read and also a glimpse into what kind of person Princess Margaret really was, a beautiful person.
  • Brilliant and fascinating.

    By E. Rouco
    This book. The life. A fascinating story so well told. Lady Glenconner draws you in, making you part of her amazing journey through life. What an inspiration.
  • Good quick read

    By Virgogirl2
    This was an easy read. Fascinating life of an aristocrat. Interesting historical insights.
  • You can visualize it all

    By Snash52
    Lady Glenconner describes her life in such detail, you fell you are walking with her. Loved This book
  • Bravo!

    By uchimane
    Anne writes in a way that feels honest yet polished like the true aristocrat she is. What an extraordinary life she’s lived. You’ll laugh, cry and won’t be able to put it down. Thank you Anne for telling your story and for never giving up!
  • Amazing.

    By EarlOfAH
    Loved every word of it.
  • Lady in Waiting

    By Julsey Jones
    Unlike the previous review that was rather scathing of an aristocratic life, it was a true life nonetheless, that I found fascinating steeped in English tradition and culture that has endured for years. I found Lady Glenconner’s writing to be very good in a sincere and honest way drawing the reader in. No matter how rich or poor one is, we all have the same loves and losses , emotions and tragedies, good times and bad times. She shared all of this with her reader not sugar coating any of it. I loved her resilience toward life and wisdom in her older years. A great story I completely enjoyed and couldn’t put it down!
  • Lady in Waiting

    By zoesampoochie
    Truly an amazing story
  • Lady in Waiting

    By Jwalczuk
    This story was fascinating, but not in a good way. Selfish wealthy aristocrats throwing wasteful parties, constant neglect of children, glorification of OCD lunatics......the list could go on and on. Really made me grateful not to be in that strata at that time. What a complete waste of lives.