Princess Mary: The First Modern Princess
Thursday 7 October
Lord Leycester Hospital
Princess Diana has been seen as the first member of the British royal family to tear up the rulebook, and the Duchess of Cambridge is modernising the monarchy in strides. But before them, another had paved the way.
Born in 1897, Princess Mary was the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. She would see two of her brothers and her niece ascend the throne. Princess Mary was one of the hardest-working members of the royal family, known for her no-nonsense philosophy: during World War I she came into her own, launching an appeal to furnish every British troop and sailor with a Christmas gift, and training as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
In the first biography of Princess Mary in decades, Elisabeth Basford offers a fresh appraisal of a princess who redefined the title for the modern age.
At last, a biography of Princess Mary, the Queen’s aunt – and a good one ... she has long deserved a full study and in Elisabeth Basford, she has found a dedicated and sympathetic biographer, who has done her full justice.