Picks and Pans Review: Royal Children
by Ingrid Seward
Seward, the editor of Majesty, a glossy monthly that breathlessly tracks the British royals, has mixed cute photographs with familiar anecdotes and superficial chitchat to create this collection of profiles of 28 Windsor tots. There is young "Lilibet," the future Queen Elizabeth, a good little girl who before she was 3 had learned "to control her bladder in return for the reward of a biscuit"; young Prince Charles, who was 4 before his father came to one of his birthday parties; and 4-year-old Princess Beatrice, who on a visit to Balmoral in 1992 cried out, "I want to stay here with Papa," after her mother was caught by the tabs cavorting without a top.
To pad her 266-page book, Seward relies on the kind of stats that appeal strictly to Windsor addicts (lists of birthplaces, birth dates, birth weights). There is one interesting nugget: Princess Diana, Seward notes, is a distant cousin of Dr. Benjamin Spook's. Now what would he have to say about the raising of Seward's royal subjects? (St. Martin's Press, $22)
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