The British Royal family were, well Royal! They also, with the help of two young princesses who happened to also be sisters, morphed into contemporary celebrities for the public and media to feast on. Madame Alexander's fascination with the wealth and prestige of the Royals, the Windsors in particular, is well displayed by the decades of tribute and marketing. Translated first by composition, and then, following the ferocious wave of new technology, quickly moving the princesses into hard plastic.
Princess Elizabeth, as an early composition doll of the 1930's, did not sell particularly well at first. As the emphasis shifted to Royal Princess, and future Queen of England, the dolls popularity substantially grew. As they bloomed into young women, Margaret Rose would take stage center with her well documented but doomed love affair. The princesses, with all things considered and the advantage of hind site, did an amazing job of juggling a traditional English world and transitioning to a new 20th century universe. As dolls, this genre is one of the most exquisite created by Alexander - the auburn hair tones and, lovely fabrics in a series of soft pastels honors her subjects and her own creative direction.