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Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece Hardcover – 30 Nov 2000
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"By crafting the perfect blend of juicy gossip and historical details, Vickers makes it abundantly clear why Alice deserves to be known as more than just the queen's mother-in-law."
"Neither Alice, nor Vickers disappoints. An amusingly compelling --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Hugo Vickers was born in 1951 and educated at Eton and Strasbourg University. He is the author of biographies of GLADYS, DUCHESS OF MARLBOROUGH; CECIL BEATON; VIVIEN LEIGH; LOVING GARBO; ROYAL ORDERS; THE PRIVATE WORLD OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR and THE KISS. He lives in London and Hampshire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Sorry, but I have to disagree with a previous reviewer who said by the end of the book he didn't regard Princess Alice's behaviour as bizarre. I think it's undeniable that her behaviour in the latter half of her life was very strange indeed - that, however, doesn't make her any the less loveable or less of a 'good person'. The blunt descriptions of her troubles make it very easy to see WHY she was a bit of an oddball, but oddball she certainly was.
I thoroughly recommend this book, not only for the history unavoidably contained in the story, but as an insight into the life of an attractive and appealing personality forced by circumstance to endure a great deal of turmoil and hardship.
With Philip's marriage to Princess Elizabeth, heir apparent to the British throne, the reclusive Alice was drawn back into public awareness, an unusual figure in her grey habit at both the Royal Wedding and later at the Coronation.
Hugo Vickers has produced an insightful biography of a fascinating and often forgotten woman, the mother-in-law of the Queen. This book is extremely well-researched and accredited, and as well as being tremendously factual is also a compelling and totally enjoyable read.
Princess Alice was born at Windsor Castle, a great-granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria. She bore a German title until her marriage to the tall, fair, and handsome Prince Andrew ('Andrea') of Greece, who was half-Danish and half-Russian. All four of her daughters married German princes, and she lived to see two granddaughters marry into the former Royal Family of Yugoslavia. She died in Buckingham Palace seventeen years after her daughter-in-law inherited Queen Victoria's throne, yet she lies buried in the Russian Orthodox Church of St Mary Magdalen in Jerusalem. In telling the extraordinary story of a cosmopolitan princess, Hugo Vickers has employed a vast quantity of primary material, including interviews with family and friends closest to the subject, to produce a vivid royal portrait. The author re-introduces the winsome child in pink and white in Louis Tuxen's painting of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee as an infant already battling against deafness and retains her as the central figure in a vast milieu.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly good read. Great service, would use again. Thanks!Published 10 months ago by The Librarian
Really interesting book charting the life of Prince Phillip's mother and the challenges she faced in life, and conquered.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book for a friend, and she was delighted with it. Apparently she had been discussing Princess Alice with some friends, after having seen a documentary about her. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr I Aveyard
The Princes Andrew of Greece book I ordered is quite yellowed on the edges of the pages. It is in ok condition, but I was hoping for better as it is part of a Christmas present.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great service and cost - thanks Ross E. Smith, OAM, JP - Canberra AustraliaPublished on 20 Jun. 2015 by Ross E. Smith