Elizabeth & Margaret
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<p><b>They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends. </b><br><br>But when, in a quixotic <b>twist of fate</b>, their uncle Edward VIII decided to <b>abdicate the throne</b>, the dynamic between Elizabeth and Margaret was dramatically altered. Forever more, Margaret would have to curtsey to the sister she called ‘Lillibet’. And bow to her wishes.<br><br>Elizabeth would always look upon her younger sister’s antics with a kind of stoical amusement but Margaret’s <b>struggle to find a place</b> and position inside the royal system – and her <b>fraught relationship</b> with its expectations – was often a source of tension. Famously, the Queen had to inform Margaret that the Church and government would not countenance her marrying a divorcee, Group Captain Peter Townsend, <b>forcing Margaret to choose</b> between keeping her title and royal allowances or her divorcee lover.<br><br>From the <b>idyll</b> of their cloistered early life, through their <b>hidden wartime lives</b>, into the <b>divergent paths</b> they took following their father’s death and Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne, this book explores their relationship over the years. Andrew Morton, renowned bestselling author of <i>Diana: Her True Story</i>, offers <b>unique insight </b>into these two drastically different sisters – one resigned to <b>duty and responsibility</b>, the other resistant to it – and the lasting impact they have had on the Crown, the royal family and the way it has adapted to the changing mores of the twentieth century.</p>
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