By Robert Hardman
The hotly expected American version of Robert Hardman's biography of Queen Elizabeth (formerly Our Queen in the U.K.)—An intimate portrait of England's soon-to-be longest reigning queen, in occasion of her diamond jubilee—and the first-ever publication interview together with her grandson, Prince William.
History has recognized no monarch like her. She has traveled farther than all her predecessors prepare and lived longer than any of them. She has identified extra ancient figures than an individual alive—from Churchill to Mandela, de Gaulle to Obama.
Now, the celebrated royal author Robert Hardman has been granted specified entry to the area of Queen Elizabeth II to supply this spell binding new portrait of 1 of the most well-liked pubic figures on earth.
Not in basic terms has Elizabeth II reigned via Britain’s transformation from an imperial strength to a multi-cultural state, yet she has additionally suggested the monarchy via extra reforms within the final twenty-five years than within the past century.
Queen Elizabeth II sits on the head of an historical establishment that is still concurrently well known, regal, inclusive, and correct in a twenty-first-century global. it really is right down to neither success nor sturdiness: it really is right down to the sensible judgment of a completely smooth monarchy—with no small the help of the longest-serving consort in historical past. this is the interior story.
sixteen pages of colour illustrations
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Now, the resurgence of the toxic D-word so close to the throne ignited rumours in the foreign press and even prompted the Palace to issue a statement denying any ‘rift’ in the royal marriage. By now, however, the monarchy had more serious rumblings to contend with. Following Anthony Eden’s departure as Conservative Prime Minister at the start of 1957, it was left to the Queen to appoint a new one. These days, a ruling party would simply choose a new leader and the Queen would appoint that person as Prime Minister.
That is why this book is not a life story but, instead, a portrait of our Queen today. It is not a chronology but a study of a thoroughly modern monarch. There have been many excellent biographies of the Queen, notably those by Sarah Bradford, Robert Lacey, Elizabeth Longford and Ben Pimlott. In recent years, the picture has also been enhanced by superb biographies of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by William Shawcross and Hugo Vickers. Equally, Jonathan Dimbleby has produced the definitive work on the Prince of Wales while Basil Boothroyd and Tim Heald have both captured the oceanic contribution of the Duke of Edinburgh to both royal and public life.
He is also the writer of two of the most important royal documentaries ever made. In 1969, he wrote the script for Royal Family, the first film in history to show the Windsors at home and in private. To many British and Commonwealth viewers, the sight of a Royal Family barbecue or the Queen buying an ice cream for Prince Edward remains as vivid in the mind as the other broadcasting sensation of that summer – the moon landings. It was Jay who also co-wrote the script for the 1992 film, Elizabeth R.