The Royal Family at War
'This war', wrote Winston Churchill to King George VI at the height of the Second World War, 'has brought throne and people closer together than was ever before recorded.'
Here is a full and fascinating account of that coming together. It is a study of
the contribution made, not only by George VI and his redoubtable Queen, but also
by the entire royal family during those turbulent years. And of how that contribution
strengthened and popularized the monarchy. This is a family saga; an account of the
lives, as much private as public, of all the diverse members of what George VI called
'The Firm'. Together with the tireless efforts of the King and Queen, it deals with
such aspects as the Duke of Windsor's flirtation with Fascism, the ground-
Occasionally tragic, often amusing, always interesting, it is a richly detailed panorama of the monarchy in one of its finest hours.
Theo Aronson has been granted an unprecedented series of audiences with the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, Princess Alice. Duchess of Gloucester, and the late Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, as well as interviews with many other members of the royal family and of the royal households. He has been permitted the use of previously unpublished letters, diaries and papers. The result is a colourful study by an author who has been consistently praised for his insight, scholarship and, above all, readability.