Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II
By Jane Dismore
As a 13-year-old girl, Princess Elizabeth fell in love with Prince Philip of Greece, an ambitious naval cadet, and they married when she was 21. When Elizabeth suddenly became Queen at 25, their lives changed forever…
With previously unpublished material and unique interviews with friends and relations, this book looks afresh at her life as princess, glittering yet isolated. Letters from Elizabeth and the royal family give an intimate insight into their lives and minds. Vivid detail and anecdotes reveal more about her, the era in which she grew up and the people who shaped her life.
The love and stability her parents provided, and the presence of her mother’s family, Bowes-Lyon, with their creativity and eccentricities, gave her a solid background from which to draw during the rapidly changing times of her long reign. This book tells the story of a young princess becoming a Queen.
“Fascinating. Jane Dismore’s spellbinding account of the young Elizabeth II is packed with rich new research – a gripping read.” – Jane Ridley, author of The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII
“Excellently researched and interesting.” – Sarah Bradford, author of Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen