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The Little Princesses

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781409139270

Price: £9.99

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‘A unique insight into the isolated childhood of the future queen and her sister’ YOU MAGAZINE, THE DAILY MAIL


The touching and ground-breaking stories of the Queen and Princess Margaret’s childhoods told by their nanny, Marion Crawford. With a foreword by former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond, Marion reveals the royal family’s life before The Crown.

Now, more than ever, the Royal Family’s private lives are the stuff of soap opera and it seems anyone who comes into contact with them sells their story to the magazines or to the newspapers.

Marion Crawford, ‘Crawfie’, as she was known to the Queen and Princess Margaret, became governess to the children of the Duke and Duchess of York in the early 1930s, little suspecting she was nurturing her future Queen. Beginning at the quiet family home in Piccadilly and ending with the birth of Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in 1948, Crawfie tells how she brought the princesses up to be ‘Royal’ whilst also exposing them to the ordinary world of underground trains, buses and swimming lessons.

THE LITTLE PRINCESSES was published in 1950 to a furore we cannot imagine today. Crawfie was demonised by the press, and the Queen Mother – who had been a great friend and who had, Crawfie maintained, given her permission to write the account – never spoke to her again.


A valuable piece of social history, detailing every aspect of Elizabeth and Margaret's childhood through the crucial years of the abdication and the war, as well as Lilibet's courtship and marriage . . . Crawfie produced an important social document, taking us behind the palace walls to enjoy a unique insight into the isolated childhood of the future queen and her sister
An utterly charming depiction of a wholesome childhood in a loving family