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Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  63 reviews
In November 2017 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. As a 13-year-old Princess, she fell in love with Prince Philip of Greece, an ambitious naval cadet, and they married when she was 21; when she suddenly became Queen at 25, their lives changed forever. Philip has been her great support, but fortunately she also had a solid founda ...more
Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published July 5th 2018 by Thistle Publishing
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Peter
Aristocracy
Regardless of your political persuasion or view of a state-funded monarchy, it is hard to disagree that Queen Elizabeth II has occupied the throne of the UK as a highly respected, hard-working monarch, that is totally committed to her role. This book written by Jane Dismore looks at Princess Elizabeth and her life prior to her coronation as Queen in 1953.

Jane Dismore seems to have access to biographical accounts and information that enable this version of Elizabeth's life to be told w
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Katie B
I've developed a bit of an interest in Queen Elizabeth II in recent years due to the different films and tv shows revolving around her and the royal family. I was excited to read this book because it focuses on her life before she became queen whereas most of my limited knowledge about her is stuff that has taken place after her coronation. The book also provides some background info about other members of the royal family, including her husband Philip, her uncle who famously abdicated his title ...more
*TUDOR^QUEEN*
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Thistle Publishing who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.

I have read many books on The Windsors and Queen Elizabeth, so the challenge was to find something fresh and new in a well-trodden subject. Coming to this book presented by a small British publishing house, I wondered how this would measure up against other bestsellers on the topic. To my pleasant surprise, this was a worthwhile read; well-researched and sprinkled with new information.

The book begins with the deat
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Lou
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am by no means a royalist but I appreciate that they do make money as well as spend it! The number of tourists coming to the UK to visit Buckingham palace and other Royal residences has grown exponentially in the past few years and is set to grow even more with the addition of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

I must admit I did watch the Royal wedding and was surprised to see a number of black performers including the cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the Kingdom Choir led by Karen Gibson, and
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Ann
Princess Elizabeth is probably the best-loved and most admired woman in the world. After her marriage to Prince Philip, she blossomed into one of the world’s great beauties while at the same time was raising a young family. Her world seemed perfect “as a normal naval wife”.

“Changes were coming that would lay the foundations of the future.” The book by Jane Dismore focuses on the Queen’s early life pre-coronation, and it is a unique royal biography which tells the story of a Princess who became Q
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Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review could also be found here!

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy! Published July 5th, 2018


Unless you’re new here, then you’ll know that I have a thing for royalty. This isn’t the first biography I’ve read about the Queen and it certainly won’t be the last. I’m no beginner with things, so I felt like this book was a huge repeat for me. It’s definitely a good book for those who want to start learning about the royal family and have no idea where they ought to start.

The only shame about this boo
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Janet
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---

A new biography of Queen Elizabeth II, focusing on her early life, with new research and insights.

As a 13-year-old girl, Princess Elizabeth fell in love with Prince Philip of Greece, an ambitious naval cadet, and they married when she was 21. When Elizabeth suddenly became Queen at 25, their lives changed forever. With previously unpublished material and unique interview
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Connie Fischer
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On February 6, 1952, at age 25, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II. At the time, she was married to Philip and the mother of 2 children. Her father, George VI, died when he was thought to be recovering from lung surgery. As Elizabeth and Philip were on tour at the time of the King’s death, many plans were set in place for her return to England and her succession to the Crown.

This book is broken up into spans of years. It delves into some early history of the Royal Family which I found
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Nancy
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who are very interested in everything Royal, and especially Queen Elizabeth, this book focusing on her childhood and younger years will satisfy. How the princess was raised, the people in her early life and their stories, and more than I ever wanted to know is presented. It is a bit overwhelming to me, such minute detail! I am more into Queen Victoria than the modern royals, although I have watched The Crown and such. So, I am not exactly propelled to read on and will leave it unfinish ...more
Cherry London
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A historically interesting book, that reveals facts and historical truths about a young princess thrown into rulership post at an early age on the death of her father the King. Interesting and mind-blowing revelations concerning the early stages of the present day reigning Queen, Elizabeth the second. These facts were contributed by the loving Palace staffs, who painted a fairytale in living colors, which brought to life certain interesting information about the early times as we have never hear ...more
Jane
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Princess by Jane Dismore is an excellent Biography of Queen Elizabeth II. The minute historical details woven into Elizabeth‘s story of her early life. The influences of the Royal Family, friends, World War II, England and her faith. The reader has the feeling of being there and watching it all happen. I thank the author, publisher and netgalley for allowing me privilege to read and enjoy this book.
Julia
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a lover of all things royal, this was a wonderful read! Queen Elizabeth has always been a favorite royal. She has served with a dignity that at times just doesn't seem real. This book gives us a great look into her childhood and the coming of age of a young woman in love. It shares with us the mantle of royalty for a young woman who's family didn't want the crown.
This is a great book. I haven't read anything from this author, I would welcome any further reads written by her.
Kimberly Mussell
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGally.com and Jane Dismore for the opportunity to read this fabulous story of the Queen. I have read numerous books on the Royal Family and this is by far a favorite. I love the very detailed moments and the intimate portrait of the young princess. Five Stars!
Eustacia Tan
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I was intrigued as soon as I saw this book on NetGalley because I don't know anything about Queen Elizabeth before she became queen (I didn't even know how she looked like when she was young!). So when I heard that this book also contained unpublished material from letters and interviews, I decided to request for it.

Princess is a sensitively written account of Queen Elizabeth's early life. It starts off with the moment she became queen (very sadly, she was one of the last people to know) and the
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Michelle
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Thistle Publishing who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.

The most notable book I have read about the queen to this point was Sally Bedell Smith's, "Elizabeth the Queen" and I count Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II, by Jane Dismore as another exquisitely researched work and highly enjoyable read.

With her reign as Queen just shy of 67 years, more and more we are seeing movies and TV shows bring the Queen's life to screen - with the Netflix series, "The Crown
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Margaret Sankey
Carefully researched and more set in context and well rounded than previous royal biographies, Dismore sets the childhood of Elizabeth II in the drastic social changes of post WWI Britain and demonstrates the effects of the abdication on her path from country house gentry to the throne, as well as the heavy weight of WWII.
Lauralee
Much has been written about Britain’s current queen, Elizabeth II. However, in the biography Princess, it tells the story of Elizabeth’s life before she became a queen. Queen Elizabeth was never meant to be a queen. Her father was the second son of George VI. It seemed as if her uncle Edward would marry and sire heirs. When he shocked the world by abdicating the throne for the woman he loved, Elizabeth suddenly found herself the center of attention as the heir presumptive. Elizabeth finds hersel ...more
Emi Bevacqua
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Dismore's research is as meticulous as her writing form is engaging, and it is this balance of talents that makes Princess such a good read. What with Harry and Megan's recent wedding this topic is very much aucourant, and though I haven't watched any of these made-for-TV British royalty series straight through, from what glimpses I've seen I don't think they convey a sense of how much work and grit being royalty requires. Dismore does manage to do this. My only complaint is the abrupt endi ...more
Julia
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've always been enamoured by the Royal Family, but since the release of The Crown, I've been consumed by everything royal! Many nights after watching an episode (or three) of the Crown, I'd dive into a Google search and end up reading endless information about Queen Elizabeth & the Royal Family.

This recent interest in the Royal Family was one of the reasons I was so excited to read "Princess." Much of what I had read focused on Elizabeth's life since becoming Queen, or her marriage and early ad
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Susan
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2018
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the review copy.

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in the world. Queen Elizabeth became the Queen at the age of 25 years old, she's in the public eye since she was 25 but how much do we really know her? While a very public figure, she is also a private person as well. Her younger years have always fascinated me but also her relationship with her husband Prince Phillip. This was a well written book about the young princess Elizabe
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Chelsea Sawyers
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is the perfect read for anyone who loves Royal history, or is a monarchist. Fans of the Netflix series "The Crown" will appreciate how much further this book goes into the life of Queen Elizabeth. The story starts with her birth, and covers the years before her Uncle David abdicated, how her life changed during the war, and how she met Phillip and courted him. I enjoyed getting a behind the scenes look at her life, as it includes interviews with those who were in the palace when Elizab ...more
Jannelies
Thank you Thistle Publishing and Netgalley for this lovely book.

I've read this book with pleasure. Being a fan of series about historical figures, I obviously loved The Crown but it was interesting to have background information presented in a very readable book. It could have done with pictures, I think, but on the other hand it provided enough links to look them up myself.
Since I'm no expert I cannot say how well the book was researched but the end product is informative and entertaining.
Cristie Underwood
Jul 05, 2018 marked it as kindle
This book offered a rare glimpse of Queen Elizabeth's life from birth to right after her marriage to Prince Philip. I am a huge fan of the show The Crown and love that this book offered a lot more information on Elizabeth's life before she became Queen. The author did a great job covering this period of her life and of describing the various events and people that influenced Elizabeth. Anyone that enjoys reading about the Royal Family will love this book!
Literary Soirée
I love this new biography of Queen Elizabeth II! Written almost as a novel, it offers a fresh look at the early life of the Princess who would be Queen. Includes especially intriguing insights into Elizabeth’s relationship with Philip as they navigate her ascendancy to the throne. 5/5

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the review copy.

#Princess #NetGalley
Julia
Oct 20, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britain, biography
I gave up around page 46 because I couldn't keep the people straight. (Too many Elizabeths, alternating use of family names and estate titles). Also there was an early reference to the 1926 General Strike which said "Fortunately" the family was prepared with strikebreakers, which rubbed me the wrong way.
Amy
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess: The Early of Queen Elizabeth II gives a reader an interesting look into the life of Queen Elizabeth II. I thought it was fascinating to see how she grew up and getting a glimpse of her personality. It is easy to read and not overwhelming with information. I give it 4 1/2 stars.
Karschtl
I always felt a small connection to Queen Elizabeth II., because she was the only 'celebrity' I knew that shared my birthday. My other classmates could say that they have their birthday together with Madonna, one from New Kids on the Block or Vanilla Ice. One of my classmates was especially proud that he was born on the exact date Elvis Presley died. And me? When someone asked me about my birthday I always said: one day after H*tler, one day before Lenin and together with the British Queen.

As lo
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Joyce
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Kindle edition.

4 and 1 / 2 stars

Absolutely brilliant! This book gives the history of Queen Elizabeth II from before her birth with the history of both of her sets of grandparents, their lives, their homes and their demeanor. It was truly fascinating. We move along to the birth of Princess Elizabeth and her early childhood precociousness and her playful and yet serious personality. She was always very correct, learning to bow and curtsey and address her elders with respect. The public
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Rekha
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A biography of Queen Elizabeth II, focusing on her early life.

From a princess to Heiress Presumptive to The Queen, this book gives a detailed insight into the early life of Queen Elizabeth. The book contains stories and details taken from previously unpublished material and interviews with some close friends and relatives.


From Constance Bowes Lyon and the scandal behind her birth parents to the haunted Glamis Castle, the book, the book reveals few stories that you might have never heard before.
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Moniek Bloks
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the future Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926 to the then Duke and Duchess of York, no one expected that this little girl would one day become Queen. At the time, her uncle, the Prince of Wales and later King Edward VIII, was still young and still expected to marry and produce heirs. On 20 January 1936, Elizabeth’s grandfather King George V died and was succeeded by her uncle, now King Edward VIII. By then, he was already well into his relationship with Wallis Simpson, for whom he ...more
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