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Imagine spending your lockdown in a huge castle with two princesses

Alathea Fitzalan Howard’s diaries give unique insight to the life of the future Elizabeth II during World War 2

Matthew Dennison

They are the diaries royal historians have been eager to read for two decades, ever since their aristocratic author died in 2001.

Beginning on New Year’s Eve 1939, the journals of Alathea Fitzalan Howard chronicle the six years of World War 2 she spent at Windsor, cheek by jowl with the queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and her younger sister, Princess Margaret.

A selection of Fitzalan Howard’s diary entries, entitled The Windsor Diaries 1940-45, will be published for the first time in October. They offer readers a unique portrait of the future queen, including her enjoyment of washing up and her dislike of needlework, as well as anecdotes of the pet chameleon the royal sisters and their friends fed on flies...

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