Step Aside for Royalty: Treasured Memories of the Royal Household
Only Eileen Parker could write a book like Step Aside for Royalty with its intimate portrait of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the early years of their enduring partnership. Eileen was inside Buckingham Palace for all the grand state occasions as well as the private moments of crisis and joy.Eileen knew Prince Philip before his marriage. Later, her husband Mike Parker became the Prince's first private secretary and the ‘Parkers of the Palace’ became part of the furniture at Court. Prince Philip even gave them his car. The events that tested Mike and Eileen's marriage to breaking point have been seen in fiction in the Netflix television series, The Crown. Here’s the real story in Eileen's own words.
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When Eileen Parker’s memoir of life inside Buckingham Palace was first published, Step Aside for Royalty was instantly recognised by other writers as a rich and reliable source of domestic detail about the formative years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Now her story has been made available for a new Twenty-First Century generation of readers eager to learn about the real life characters and events dramatised in the Netflix television series, The Crown. In addition to Eileen’s uniquely intimate portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip, Step Aside for Royalty gives us the Royal Household up close and personal - from the main players like Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend to the supporting cast of courtiers such as ‘Tommy’ Lascelles and Martin Charteris. Eileen’s story begins with her teenage years in Scotland during the dark days of the Second World War and her romance with Lieutenant Mike Parker who was later chosen by his Royal Navy comrade, Prince Philip, to be his first private secretary. During the decade that follows, Eileen juggles the duties of a modern courtier with raising a family while Mike's royal responsibilities put an increasing strain on their marriage. Eileen's determined efforts to sustain the relationship lead to an outcome all too familiar when power couples are swept into the spotlight of celebrity.
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