Lady Anne Glenconner, 88, grew up on the family estate, Holkham Hall in Norfolk. She was a maid of honor at the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953 and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret for nearly 30 years. In 1956 she married Colin Tennant, later the 3rd Baron Glenconner, who turned the Caribbean island of Mustique into a private playground for the rich and famous. They had five children. She lives alone in Norfolk near her twin daughters, Amy and May.

Breakfast was always brought to me when I was a girl. These days I prepare a tray with tea and toast, then have a lovely time sitting in bed, eating my breakfast and phoning friends, some of whom are quite old, like me. By about 9.30 I’m showered and downstairs being an agony aunt. I get letters from women all over the world who have violent husbands or who have lost children or been abused, as I was.

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