Lady in Waiting

Lady in Waiting Summary

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 TodayBestseller
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

Book Reviews

4 Pete's Sake

Lady in Waiting1 star

I couldn’t read the whole thing. It described lives that were rediccuolous, shallow, boring - like way too much cake! Don’t bother.15


Great read5 star

Thoroughly enjoyed.55


Royal Fans-beware!2 star

Fascinating! Couldn’t put it down!25


What a life!5 star

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.55

E. Rouco

Brilliant and fascinating.5 star

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.55


Good quick read5 star

This was an easy read. Fascinating life of an aristocrat. Interesting historical insights.55


You can visualize it all5 star

Lady Glenconner describes her life in such detail, you fell you are walking with her. Loved This book55


Bravo!5 star

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!55


Amazing.5 star

Loved every word of it.55

Julsey Jones

Lady in Waiting5 star

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!55

Other Books by Anne Glenconner

Murder On Mustique


Murder On Mustique
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Dame d'honneur


Dame d'honneur

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