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Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album (Royal Collection Publications - Souvenir Album) Hardcover – February 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Royal Collection Publications - Souvenir Album
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Collection Trust (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905686404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905686407
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Marking the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne, this official souvenir album of her reign is a beauty. For any of us with a felt affection for the Queen and a desire to have a memento of this historic Jubilee, this album is a treasure indeed."
(British Heritage)

About the Author

Jane Roberts is the Royal Librarian at Windsor Castle and the author of several books, including Five Gold Rings, also published by Royal Collection Publications.


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What a really lovely book!
Betty L. Romano
It is a lovely keepsake of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee that I will treasure because of my love for my English heritage.
Cardinal Rule
This book was outstanding and I recommend it to anyone that has an interest in Queen Elizabeth.
Sandra M. Lias

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Roger Clark on May 4, 2012
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This is a delightful book - over 300 pictures depicting many aspects of Queen Elizabeth II's life and reign. It's beautifully laid out and printed. It's not just a random collection of pictures. They're carefully chosen and arranged year-by-year from 1926 until 2012. They show many aspects of Elizabeth's life, including her family life, and explain the role of the monarch. So it's a biography-in-pictures and includes photos of her jewellery, regalia, gifts from heads of state and family and friends, her gowns, official documents and much more.

I'm surprised how much information has been crammed - or I should say artfully fitted - into such a small space - 144 pages. It's an album of pictures with detailed captions, not a text book. But as someone once said, 'One picture is worth a thousand words.' This book proves it. Study these images and you'll find out a lot about the woman on the throne.

Not everything, of course! If you're expecting gossip and scandal this is not the book for you. This after all is an official publication produced by Royal Collection Publications. It's an affectionate portrait, but does a surprisingly good job. There are deft touches, gentle humour and details I knew nothing about. Who, for example, would imagine her husband - the Duke of Edinburgh - designing a stained-glass window for a royal chapel at Windsor? But there it is.

Elizabeth II may not be the most exciting leader in the world. Not for her dramatic gestures, or speeches. That's not her style. She's reserved, wary and discreet. No back-slapping, or dashing into crowds. Her role is to provide continuity and stability - something controversial heads of state have difficulty delivering.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Erik on March 5, 2012
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This is a 'must' have for all fans of Her Majesty the Queen - as well as Royal followers everywhere. Royal Collection Publications did it again - great quality and beautifully put together. Text and pictures are wonderfully arranged - simply, this was a delight to receive. Also, please look for the other books in the collection of Royal Publications - they are of the same high standard and quality.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By crafty lady on March 12, 2012
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What great pictures. I got this for my Mother and I read it first. It is a really good book. I think I got my Mother a birthday gift she will really like. I would recommend this to anyone who has a interest in the Royal Family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra J. Carnahan on December 26, 2012
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This is a lovely little souvenir book (emphasis on souvenir) written in honor of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It allots 1-3 pages on every year of her life and snippets the most significant events. There are many photographs not widely circulated and a number of more detailed or clear photographs/cut-outs of jewelry and dresses.
I was expecting a more extensive photobook. Expected many more pictures. For that I would suggest "Queen Elizabeth II" by Elizabeth Roberts (2009). However, of course, that book does not specify the Diamond Jubilee. My other disappointment was the small size. I was expecting a large coffee table book and received a rather small side-table book.
Overall, I am quite pleased with this book and would recommend it for any Queen Elizabeth II fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mamadear on March 1, 2012
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This is a great book on Queen Elizabeth. It gives such a good overall perspective of her life and the challenges
she has faced all 60 years of her reign.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan Snodgrass on May 8, 2012
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I preordered this book and waited a long time to receive it, but it was very disappointing, quite a let down. There is nothing new in this book, and very few new photographs. If you know much about the royals at all, skip buying this book. I had expected quite a lot from the diamond jubilee souvenir book.
Wished I'd saved my money and bought something out of Majesty magazine to remember this occasion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Romano on December 27, 2012
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What a really lovely book! The pictures of the Queen and the royal family are ecquisite and range from her childhood to the present time. If you are an Anglophile like me, this book is a treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Ann Lyons on August 6, 2012
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This is a lovely book filled with pictures and memorabilia of HM Queen Elizabeth's life and 60 year reign. I have only one complaint. I would have liked the book to be larger...more of a coffee table book. This size makes the pictures quite small, and if you wish to read any of the written entries included, such as Princess Elizabeth's memories of her father's coronation, you will need a good magnifying glass.
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