|Princess Margaret with Choo-Choo the grey and white|
The photographs are taken by Studio Lisa. This was formed by the photographer Lisa Sheridan and her husband. In the 1930s they were asked to take some photographs of the Royal family and from what I can work out this book is the result of their first photo session.
Princess Elizabeth was born on 21st April 1926 and Princess Margaret was born on 21st August 1930 making them 10 and 6 when these photographs were taken. Many of the photos are taken in the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park which was their country home. The people of Wales gave the play house Y Bwthyn Bach (the little cottage) to Elizabeth in 1932.
|Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret with Lady Jane - a reddish brown|
Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi.
|Princess Elizabeth with Jane and Dookie. Jane is |
eighteen months old and Dookie is three and a half.
|The children with their mother Elizabeth, Duchess of York,|
with a corgi hiding behind her skirts.
Labrador Mimsy. Also, take a look at his mighty fine socks.
girls for this picture!
Just to place this moment in history we may need a quick lesson. Princess Elizabeth's granddad was King George V. She was third in line to the throne after George's two sons Edward, Prince of Wales and George, Duke of York, her father. In 1936, the year this book was published, George V died. Edward came to the throne as King Edward VIII but abdicated by the end of the year to marry Wallis Simpson. So George became King George VI and his coronation took place in 1937. This made Elizabeth first in line to the throne.
It is quite strange to look at these happy and relaxed pictures and think of the family traumas and dramas that were to play out by the end of that year.
I have not included much of the text of the book because, frankly, it makes me want to vomit with its saccharine, crawling tone. Needless to say they are the best dog owners in the world, can communicate with their animals like no others, everyone is charming and the princesses are a 'joy to everyone throughout the length and breadth of Britain'. You can probably make up the rest.
That aside, I really enjoyed this book as the pictures are lovely, the characters come through, it is a different side of the Royal Family and most of all, I really like dogs.