The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II (Hardcover)
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This warm and witty biography of Elizabeth II reveals the people, events and themes that have shaped her life and rule.
‘I get enormously impressed when she walks into a room,’ Princess Margaret once said of her sister. ‘It’s a kind of magic.’ Prince William recalled, ‘As I learned growing up, you don’t mess with your grandmother. What she says goes.’
At the time of Elizabeth II's accession, Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Harry S. Truman was President of the United States and Joseph Stalin still governed the Soviet Union. It is often said that she has never put a foot wrong during her seven decades as monarch, and even those ideologically opposed to Britain and its governments have lauded her. Remarkably, she has retained her relevance as sovereign well into her nineties, remaining a reassuring constant in an ever-changing world.
Royal biographer Ian Lloyd reveals the woman behind the legend over seventy themed chapters. Drawing on interviews with relatives, friends and courtiers, he explores her relationship with seven generations of the royal family, from the children of Queen Victoria to Elizabeth’s own great-grandchildren. He also sheds light on some lesser-known aspects of her character, such as her frugality and her gift for mimicry. In addition, we see her encounters with A-listers, from Marilyn Monroe to Madonna, and her adept handling of several of the twentieth century’s most difficult leaders. Above all, Lloyd examines how the Queen has stayed true to the promise she made to the nation at the age of 21, ‘that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service’.
IAN LLOYD is a full-time writer and former photographer, specialising in the British royal family. Two of his books were Sunday Times bestsellers, and he writes regular features for the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Hello! and Majesty. Ian is also the Royal Correspondent for the Sunday Post and a regular royal pundit on Sky News and BBC Radio 5 Live. He lives in Oxford.