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Tommy Lascelles' never before published diaries paint a vivid picture of the past from Edward VIII's abdication to George VI's death and his daughter Elizabeth's Coronation In bet. Excellent source material for personal as well as historical background of World War II England

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King's Counsellor Abdication and War The Diaries of Sir Alan Lascelles

Fair and the fascinating relationship between Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the King These detailed journals are a delight to read as well as being invaluable historic reco. Picked this one up on a whim in the library Well I say that but the size of this tome it took uite deliberate effort to pick it up It is huge and the writing is uite small It s also a proper diary in that it s not written every day some days have lots of detail and insight and others consist literally of which birds the author spotted that dayIt was very obvious that there wasn t going to be anything salacious in this book it had the approval of Her Majesty to be published I also probably don t know enough about the period and the players to really get the most out of the book However it did give some interesting insights into the relationships of the players of the day How well documented this is elsewhere I have no idea The other thing I did find ready fascinating from this book was the extent to which life didn t change for the well connected in this book The author freuently recounts dining at his club going to the theatre dinner with other eually well connected characters This isn t to say that the seriousness of what was happening is downplayed it isn t it s just interesting that not necessarily everything changed It s also not terribly flattering of the Duke of Windsor giving mention of what was concerning him during a terrible period of life for the British people I m not going to recommend this book to everyone If you are interested in WWII or the British upper middle classes have a read Otherwise just leave it

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Ween lies an enormous range of events including World War II as seen from Lascelles' point of view as private secretary to the Royal Family the Princess Margaret Peter Townsend af. Overall a fantastic book if you re into royal gossip or curious about what it was like to spend time around kings and princes Mr Lascelles was either the deputy private secretary or private secretary for 3 kings George V Edward VIII and George VI My favorite parts about the book was where he described the personalities of the 3 sovereigns he served He seemed to respect George V as a grandfatherly figure He loathed Edward VIII and was scared he would have to serve Edward VIII if George V passed away which he did shortly thereafter He remarked I am paraphrasing what good is it to scream God Save the King when one isn t willing to serve when called upon He was deeply patriotic in that sense He seemed to loathe Edward VIII and this was a product of serving with him for almost 10 years while he was Prince of Wales and briefly during this reign as king He considered Edward VIII to be selfish and who s primary motive was what can I get away with You know what they say you can learn a lot about a person by what they try to get away with He thought the Prince of Wales would make a horrible king who wouldn t last and he was right My favorite part was when he was talking to the Prime Minister who was also watching the Prince of Wales ride a horse and he remarked the best thing for everyone would be if he just fell off and broke his neck The PM exclaimed OMG I have thought that many times myselfMr Lascelles served George VI current ueen Elizabeth s father for 10 11 years and he thought he was an honest dutiful rational and overall good man The best parts was how he had to convince Churchill and George VI that they should NOT go to the frontline to watch D Day and the storming of Normandy beach He convinced George VI that it was a bad idea when he asked George VI if he George VI was prepared to advise Princess Elizabeth then 18 years old on how to select a prime minister The King freaked out and reconsideredOverall this is a great book for those with an interest in the subject of royal history


10 thoughts on “King's Counsellor Abdication and War The Diaries of Sir Alan Lascelles

  1. says:

    Excellent source material for personal as well as historical background of World War II England

  2. says:

    As a scion of the Harwood family and proud of his lineage Alan Lascelles probably came across as something of an old school stuffed shirt This book shows that he was anything but Beautifully written King's Counsellor is largely made up of his

  3. says:

    I have just finished 'King's Counsellor the diaries of Sir Alan Lascelles' the private secretary to King George VI Very good and as with other writers' diariesletters find many of the last entries very poignant Also with this fellow after a life of tact and prudence with his work he allows himself to become just a bit risué towards the end There is this entry'The leaf sweeping season is in full swing but I can't rake

  4. says:

    Lascelles was nothing if not wise prescient and honest of course diplomatically so in his work for and with power players

  5. says:

    Overall a fantastic book if you're into royal gossip or curious about what it was like to spend time around kings and princ

  6. says:

    I managed to get this from the library however it looks like it's being republished in August It would be great if the two earlier volumes were also made available as they are v expensive second hand

  7. says:

    Picked this one up on a whim in the library Well I say that but the size of this tome it took uite deliberate effort to pick it up It is huge and the writing is uite small It's also a 'proper' diary in that it's not written every day some days have lots of detail and insight and others consist literally of which birds the author spotted that dayIt was very obvious that there wasn't going to be anything salaci

  8. says:

    Interesting I considered starring it down based on his misspelt rudeness about Peter Fraser stemming from an apparent consti

  9. says:

    Too bad he was so discreetStill well worth it

  10. says:

    Mind numbingly tedious