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The words of the future King George VI echoed down through the generations, to be spoken again by his great-grandson, Prince William. "I don't want to be a king. I want to be a policeman," added the Prince. But as his grandfather, Prince Philip admits, "However hard you try, it's almost impossible to bring them up as ordinary children." The "training" starts the moment they are born. It was in the nurseries of Sandringham, Windsor, Balmoral, and Buckingham Palace that the characters of generations of royal ...
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The words of the future King George VI echoed down through the generations, to be spoken again by his great-grandson, Prince William. "I don't want to be a king. I want to be a policeman," added the Prince. But as his grandfather, Prince Philip admits, "However hard you try, it's almost impossible to bring them up as ordinary children." The "training" starts the moment they are born. It was in the nurseries of Sandringham, Windsor, Balmoral, and Buckingham Palace that the characters of generations of royal children were formed, and it was in those early years that the foundations for the troubled lives of Queen Elizabeth, Charles, Diana, Andrew, and Fergie were laid. From Princess Elizabeth, who was never allowed to get dirty, to Prince Charles who, after the age of eight, was never again embraced by his mother, to Princes Harry and William, who must cope with the very public breakdown of their parents' marriage, royal children have lived with privileges and rigors unknown to any other child. Previously unpublished photographs from the private collections of the royal family and the Windsor archives illustrate this fascinating portrait of a world where royal children were surrounded by extraordinary luxury but expected to behave at all times like miniature adults - a world that was rich and strange and unlikely ever to be seen again. Ingrid Seward's unprecedented access to the royal family - including exclusive interviews with its members as well as those who knew them in childhood, offers rare insight into the royal children - from the Queen to her grandchildren - and how their upbringing has contributed to today's turmoil.

With unprecedented access to the royal family, including exclusive interviews with its members and those who know them, Ingrid Seward takes the reader behind the scenes of the palace nurseries that have bred generations of children--and today's royal turmoil. From the author of Royalty Revealed. Martin's Press.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Seward, editor of England's Majesty magazine, persuasively points out a source of the current well-publicized troubles among his country's royals: the nanny factor. From birth they are brought up not by their parents, but by ``the spinster daughters of policemen and forestry workers.'' Competent and caring as these women may have been, Seward continues, this upbringing, with the nannies' emphasis on public manners and behavior befitting royal icons, stunted the children's emotional development. Interviews with members of the royal family and commentary of social observers inform this respectful look at a lifestyle that appears to be coming to an end. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to the National Enquirer. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312953751
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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