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Royal Wedding Giveaway!

Royal Wedding Giveaway, May 15-19, 2018To celebrate the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and America’s Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018, five authors of novels set in Britain are holding the Royal Wedding Giveaway! Each of us is sharing about the Royal Family in our novel’s era—and giving away a copy of the book! Hear from…

Sarah Ladd, author of The Weaver’s Daughter (Regency–her post is on Facebook)

Joanna Politano, author of Lady Jayne Disappears (Victorian)

Carrie Turansky, author of Across the Blue (Edwardian)

Sarah Sundin, author of The Sea Before Us (World War II)

Katherine Reay, author of The Austen Escape (Contemporary–her post is on Facebook).

Giveaway runs May 15-19, 2018. See details and enter the giveaway below.

The British Royal Family in World War II

Coronation portrait of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, London, England, 12 May 1937 (United Kingdom National Archives)

Coronation portrait of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, London, England, 12 May 1937 (United Kingdom National Archives)

During World War II, King George VI sat on the throne of England, with Queen Elizabeth at his side—better known to modern generations as the “Queen Mum.”

King George VI was crowned in Westminster Abbey on May 12, 1937, at the age of 41, after the controversial abdication of his older brother King Edward VIII. King George VI was born in 1895, Queen Elizabeth in 1900, and they were married in 1923. Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) was born in 1926 and Princess Margaret in 1930.

King George VI of the United Kingdom delivering his radio address announcing Britain’s entry into the war with Germany, Buckingham Palace, London, 3 Sept 1939 (United Kingdom National Archives)

King George VI of the United Kingdom delivering his radio address announcing Britain’s entry into the war with Germany, Buckingham Palace, London, 3 Sept 1939 (United Kingdom National Archives)

On September 1, 1939, World War II began when Germany invaded Poland. The United Kingdom declared war on September 3, and the king addressed the nation that evening. Children were evacuated from London in anticipation of German bombing, and the princesses stayed at Balmoral Castle in Scotland for the first few months of the war and at Windsor Castle for the majority of the war years. However, the king and queen refused to leave London and refused to send the princesses to Canada as many urged. Queen Elizabeth stated “The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave the King. And the King will never leave.”

From the beginning, the Royal Family aided the war effort. In November 1939, Queen Elizabeth urged British women to contribute to the war effort, and she published The Queen’s Book of the Red Cross, with contributions from fifty British authors and artists, with the funds aiding the Red Cross.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit the East End, the site of the last V-2 to fall on London on 27 Mar 1945, visiting on 4 Oct 1945 (United Kingdom National Archives)

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit the East End, the site of the last V-2 to fall on London on 27 Mar 1945, visiting on 4 Oct 1945 (United Kingdom National Archives)

When the German Luftwaffe began bombing London in September 1940, the impoverished East End was devastated. The queen visited the ravaged neighborhoods but was poorly received at first. On September 13, bombs hit Buckingham Palace for the first time. Queen Elizabeth stated, “I’m glad we’ve been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face.” Quickly, the king and queen’s insistence on staying in Buckingham Palace, their strict adherence to rationing and other restrictions, and their compassionate visits to victims of the Blitz won over the population.

On May 20, 1941, the king and queen visited Plymouth, and missed a bombing of that city—planned by the Germans to coincide with their visit—by only hours. The queen’s fortitude and her extremely positive impact on morale caused Adolf Hitler to call her the “most dangerous woman in Europe.”

King George VI with Gen. Bernard Montgomery at British 21st Army Group Headquarters in the Netherlands, 13 Oct 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

King George VI with Gen. Bernard Montgomery at British 21st Army Group Headquarters in the Netherlands, 13 Oct 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

King George VI visited the troops in England, including the many American troops who would be stationed on British soil. He also made frequent trips to visit the commanders and troops overseas—to France in December 1939, North Africa and Malta in June 1943, Normandy in June 1944, Italy in July 1944, and the Netherlands in October 1944. His willingness to visit so close to the front lines endeared him to the troops.

Princess Elizabeth with B-17G Rose of York of the US 306th Bombardment Group, Thurleigh, England (US Army Air Forces photo)

Princess Elizabeth with B-17G Rose of York of the US 306th Bombardment Group, Thurleigh, England (US Army Air Forces photo)

While no royal weddings occurred in England during World War II, the seeds of a romance were sprouting. At the age of 13, Princess Elizabeth became infatuated with a young man and began exchanging letters in July 1939. That young man? Her future husband, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. They were married in 1947.

The young princesses stayed in Windsor Castle for most of the war. They aided the war effort through the Girl Guides and the Sea Rangers. On October 13, 1940, Princess Elizabeth gave her first radio broadcast, on the BBC’s Children’s Hour, to encourage child evacuees far from home and family. And in 1943, at the age of 16, Princess Elizabeth began more public appearances.

Princess Elizabeth, 2nd Subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, April 1945 (Imperial War Museum)

Princess Elizabeth, 2nd Subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, April 1945 (Imperial War Museum)

In February 1945, despite her parents’ objections, Princess Elizabeth enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the women’s auxiliary of the Royal Army. She was the first female member of the Royal Family in history to serve as an active member of the armed forces. Trained as a mechanic and driver, she became proficient with a number of military vehicles. She loved having dirt under her fingernails and still has a fondness for driving.

Princess Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, King George VI, and Princess Margaret on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, 8 May 1945 (US Army photo)

Princess Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, King George VI, and Princess Margaret on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, 8 May 1945 (US Army photo)

On May 8, 1945, the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe Day. Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, with permission from their parents, anonymously joined the rejoicing crowds in London, “swept along on a tide of happiness and relief.” The Royal Family and Prime Minister Winston Churchill appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace before a jubilant crowd.

Without a doubt, the indomitable spirit of the Royal Family helped the people of the United Kingdom through their darkest times.

The Royal Wedding Giveaway!

To win a copy of The Weaver’s Daughter, Lady Jayne Disappears, Across the Blue, The Sea Before Us (if you already have a copy, I can put you on the list to receive The Sky Above Us when it releases in February 2019), and The Austen Escape, please enter the Rafflecopter below. Everyone receives one free entry, and you can gain extra entries by subscribing to each author’s email newsletter—or for being a current subscriber.

Giveaway runs May 15-19, 2018. Open to US residents only. No purchase necessary. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter and will be contacted via email. If the winner does not collect the prize within 2 weeks of notification, the prize will be forfeited.

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79 Responses to “Royal Wedding Giveaway!”

  1. Gina Accumanno

    I enjoyed reading about the British royal family in WWII. Thanks!

  2. Barb Klein

    Love reading about the Royals. I have read “The Sea Before Us” and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  3. gael

    Thanks for the history about the Royal family. Enjoyed it. I have already read “the Sea Before Us” and look forward to your next book.

  4. Lori Dykes

    I am learning so much from these post and it is so interesting. Thank you so much!!

  5. Alicemae Christ

    Love, love history. Thanks for continuing to write wonderful stories!

  6. Melissa Romine

    SO very interesting!! Love learning about British history

  7. Helen Jane Peters

    Sarah Sundin
    I’ve enjoyed each of your books. I love the romance combined with history of the times. Waiting for more of your books.

  8. stella

    I never really thought about the Royal Families involvement in the war efforts. I was always focused on Americas side of the war since I am a Military Spouse and Military Brat

  9. Mary

    My favorite genre…thank you for the info! Can’t wait for Saturday!

  10. Lou Toothman

    Sarah – I so appreciate the research that you do. The history is very interesting. Thanks.

  11. Wanda

    Factual and enjoyable blog post. We were in London in 1973 – shortly after the wedding of Princes Anne. It was still a very excited city. A sweet lady on the bus gave me information about how I could go see all the wedding gifts on display – wished there had been time to do that!

  12. NELDA PORTER

    I loved the history of Britian during WWII, it put things in perspective.

  13. Paula Shreckhise

    Great post, Sarah! I love all this background information. I did not know that Princess Elizabeth served in the war. Fascinating! Thanks!

  14. Dee Ann

    Sounds like a lot of fun to me! I love reading historical fiction and have quite a few books focused on WW2. And to learn that the future Queen of England actually served during the war was amazing! Thanks for the info!

  15. Becky Smith

    I enjoyed all of this history, and especially these wonderful photos! Hoping to watch the Royal Wedding.

  16. Carroll - Pennie Wicklund 19850 Forest RD N Apt 213 Forest Lake MN 55025

    Love the chance of winning a book . Thank You. I enjoyed reading the above story about the WW2 happenings and have read books by other authors and the suffering in England. England was a brave nation and it’s people who worked together to save their country. The RAF and its fliers were some of the most courageous men in history. Winston Churchill was one of the most grand leaders of WW2.

  17. Connie Fischer

    I have been a true royalist since Diana first came on the scene. Ever since then, I have followed the English royal family and read and reviewed so many biographies and other books about them. I love it!

    • Sarah Sundin

      Wonderful! I woke up in the middle of the night as a teenager to watch Charles and Diana’s wedding, so I relate 🙂

  18. Vicki

    I love to read about Elizabeth and her life. Such an amazing woman. I have watched The Crown in addition to lots of reading! Like your book ladies.

  19. MJSH

    Such a great post! Thanks for sharing the information. Loved The Sea Before Us and looking forward to the next in the series.

  20. Shirley Chapel

    Thank you. Loved your history about the Royal family’s history. My Father served in England during WW11 during the war. I have relatives living in England. I can vaguely remember the Queens coronation.

  21. desiree

    your book mark and cover were great they went well with the ladies i gave them two and libary here in town
    i would love to read the books and if they are in audio i do thsoe two

  22. Pam K.

    This was very interesting to read about the Royal family’s involvement in World War II. Thanks also for this fantastic giveaway. I’ve read Sarah’s book but want to read the other books as well.

  23. Mandy Bentley

    I loved the bookmarks and postcards you sent for our church library. They have been a big hit! Thank you for them and the opportunity to win these great books!!! God bless you and yours.

  24. Belinda

    Just finished reading about the KingVI and Queen and the history. It was very interesting.It has been a while since I have read any History and I do so love history.

  25. Beverly Duell-Moore

    I love to read and learn about the royal family.

  26. Melinda M

    Enjoyed the history. I did not realize the Princess Elizabeth had done mechanic work.

  27. Margo G

    I love reading your books so much. Makes me remember my Dad and his days in the war. He was on the Yorktown when it was sunk in the battle of Midway.

  28. Susan L

    Thank you for the interesting history of the Royal family. I love reading anything historical – fiction or nonfiction. I’ve so enjoyed each series you have written and am looking forward to your next book.

  29. susan newcomb

    I just love reading about WW11. My parents went to England in 1970 and were so impressed with everything they saw. The people were so friendly. My Dad was in the Lion’s Club and met a couple in sister group from my Dad’s in NJ. They were so helpful. They became great friends. My Mother’s name is Margaret Elizabeth and she always felt special having the Princess’ names. Can’t wait for your next book to come out. Oh my mom had a Scottie dog like Dorothy.

    • Sarah Sundin

      What a lovely name! I’ve enjoyed my visits to Britain too – and I’ve always loved Scotties 🙂

  30. Rebecca Layman

    I would be so excited to win this giveaway. Thank you for offering it during this exciting “Royal Wedding” time. I very much enjoyed reading the history in your blog. I didn’t realize Queen Elizabeth first became interested in her future husband when she was 13. Very interesting.

  31. Victoria

    Wow! I used to livr in England for 11 years and never knew any of this! Thanks so much for the wonderful post and giveaway!

  32. Grace Winn

    Love this giveaway! My daughter sent me your newest book “The Sea Before Us”. Looking forward to reading it and excited about the next one coming out in this series! Thanks again!

  33. Lara Z

    This time period is fascinating. I’ve been studying/reading about it since I was a teen (but you already knew that.) 😊 I’m glad you’re writing more books. I really enjoy them.

  34. Dianne Casey

    Interesting post. The Royal Family is a fascinating subject.

  35. Linda

    Thank you for the opportunity…but sorry to say, I hate robocopter. This one wasn’t as long as some. Often, I don’t enter if it is too long & involved. I love books, but they are not worth all the gyrations some authors ask of readers. (Hope no one is throwing rotten apples…just sayin’)

  36. Penny Harper

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to try and win !!

  37. patjeannedavis

    Thank you for all the great info on the royal family. Knew most of this, but learned even more after reading the post. Recently returned from 3 weeks in the UK visiting family and friends where the excitement was high in anticipation of the wedding. My British friends continue to celebrate well into the night .British hubby up since 4 a.m. to get the ceremony here. Would be happy to win any of these novels. Thank you for the giveaway.