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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605983616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605983615
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“At long last, we have the definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth’s world today. Robert Hardman knows the true story and tells it superbly.” (Andrew Roberts)

“An intimate portrait of the Royal commitments at home and abroad. Provides an exceptional insight into the work of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.” (BBC Entertainment)

“Simply magnificent. This gripping, fascinating and authoritative tour de force—covering the Queen herself, the power and the celebrity of Britain’s royalty with equal panache—gleams with a unique combination of insider anecdotes, deep knowledge, personal experience and superb storytelling by Britain’s outstanding royal observer.” (Simon Sebag Montefiore)

About the Author

Robert Hardman has covered aspects of royal life for more than twenty years and is the writer of both the film and the book Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work. He writes for the Daily Mail in London.

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This book about the Queen is a very fast read.
Debra Roberts
This is the most detailed book on the daily life in the Royal household.
helen hagen
I recommend it for a good and, interesting read.
Beth L. Bristow

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Galla on April 26, 2012
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This informative book provides much detail about how the court of Eliabeth II really functions. As such, it is a fascinating account of the responsibilities of many different people who work for the Court, from the august Private Secretary and Master of the Household to a groundskeeper, all of whom consider the Queen as the boss. Details are also given about the intricacies of state dinners, the garden parties, overseas trips, and even annual events such as the Maundy Thursday service. Could one imagine that the monarchy has over 1000 employees, including roughly 350 who work for the Royal Collection alone. Readers may be intrigued at the complexity of Court operations and how much is involved in sustaining the Monarchy. This is not a biography of the Queen by any means, neither is it a hagiography as one reviewer wrote, but a comprehensive explanation of just how the monarchy functions, especially the Queen's role in government. The explanation of her relationships with her Prime Ministers over the years and the work of the Court in conjunction with Ministries of government was something of a surprise. She does far more than meet with the Prime Minister once a week and sign all those documents sent to her in the famous Red Boxes. And all this without a formal Constitution delineating powers and functions. Of course, the Queen has no real power other than those she wields by tradition and the respect and admiration that she has garnered in sixty years of impeccable service. It does make one think that there are certain advantages in having a Head of State who is distinctly apart from the Head of Government. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and left me with even more admiration for this 86 year old woman who has certainly had her ups and downs but who has persevered in carrying out what she considers her God-given duties for sixty years.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2012
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Robert Hardman has covered the Royal Family for many years in print and in several television documentaries. Often such close long term contact with someone leads to a certain amount of cynicism about them, but in Hardman's case this has not occurred. Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and Her Court, is an unabashedly favorable examination of the monarch, her family, and her courtiers and officials. Adding new interest and authority to Hardman's book are many attributed quotes and observations, not only from those who work with the Royal Family but also from some members of the Family itself, including Princes Philip, Charles, Andrew, and (most interestingly because they are his first public statements on the issue) William.

There is much fascnating information in this book, not only about the Queen herself, but also about the day to day business of being a constitutional monarch with all the pomp, circumstance, and a few banalities that go along with it. I enjoyed reading about all the details that go into a State Visit, or what goes on at a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. It was also interesting to learn more about the Queen's relationships with her various Prime Ministers, including some fascinating reminiscences from Tony Blair, John Major, and David Cameron. This is not really a chronological biography of the Queen, so there isn't much about her childhood or early adult years. But what I found really intriguing about this book was the amount of information about how the Queen in her own quiet way has presided over a thorough revamping of the monarchy over the years, making it more accessible and less remote without letting in "too much daylight upon the magic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr A Foreman on April 4, 2012
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I have used Robert Hardman's book extensively for my own research on the Queen. This is the only book of its kind that gives a true insider's account of life behind the palace gates. It is a terrific read and incredibly entertaining, too. I would recommend Her Majesty to anyone interested in learning how the monarchy actually works.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Case on April 4, 2012
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I could not get enough of the American edition of Hardman's biography of Queen Elizabeth. Formally published under the title OUR QUEEN in the U.K., the American edition, renamed HER MAJESTY, provided more WIndsor anecdotes than I could handle! From the fact that the Queen NEVER wears beige, to her wicked wit and steely drive to reform the monarchy over the past sixty years, and most touchingly, her relationship with her grandson and her husband, Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, I had never fully appreciated what a towering world figure she has been over the past sixty years.

What amazed me most about Hardman's biography was how he was able to paint such a picture of Elizabeth by talking to her nearest and dearest, staff, and colleagues, despite the fact that the Queen has never, and never will, give an interview. Nevertheless, she's clearly left her mark on those she's interacted with over the years, and just when I thought I couldn't be more fascinated by the Windors, I've been proven wrong!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Careful Reading on May 21, 2012
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Her Majesty: The Court of Queen Elizabeth II is in many ways quite a delightful presentation of the British Royal House, and life around it, as many readers with some experience in London, Britain, British society, British life in general would readily recognize and maybe, feel familiar with in some ways.
In this Jubilee year, there have been numbers of books offering similar presentations.
I heard the author discuss this book, fairly recently, and gained the impression the focus was on Her Majesty's personal work and influence well beyond the closer realms of the court, but rather assessments on some sixty years of achievements in the world, by this quite remarkable, quiet woman, in her role as constitutional monarch. I expected a book for historians.
This book warms the heart more than it stirs the mind.
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