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Royal Style: An Intimate Look Inside the Palaces and Country Houses of Britain's Royal Family Hardcover – October, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; First Edition edition (October 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312022751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312022754
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on February 14, 2009
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FOR ALL CURIOUS ROYAL-WATCHERS, (like myself!), this is surely a MUST-HAVE BOOK! It was printed in 1988...so, it may have a few dated descriptions of royal life....but not too many! As the Royal Family of England has been in power since, (at least) 1066, some things...many things...never do change.

It's fairly easy to discover what in this book is timeless, (a lot of it!), and what is no longer up-to-date information, but only nostalgia, (and nostalgia for, I daresay, both Royals and royal-watchers, alike!)

As the publication date is, as I have said, 1988, the first piece of "nostalgic anachronism" is on the front of the dust-jacket, staring the reader head-on. It is a lovely picture of the then-perceived to be "perfect Royal couple", Prince Charles and Princess Diana. If there is sny hint in the body language of either in this photo, that things were going exactly "swimmingly" with the marriage at that point, I don't see them. Maybe an expert in body language could read more into this picture than I can, (OK, they aren't holding hands in the picture...but are both smiling, seemingly very happy...) Of course, by now, everyone knows the marriage was NOT going along "swimmingly", but was on the verge, (or into the verge), of "drowning" at this point. Royals, above all other English-people, truly know how to keep a "stiff upper lip!"

(In the lower left hand corner of the jacket cover is another photo....of Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and their two sons...looking to be about 7 and 5. It is a picture taken outdoors, whilst the larger one, of the Prince and Princess of Wales alone, is indoors. Diana...wearing a peasant-like blouse and turquoise pants, lools even more relaxed than in the bigger picture, as she sits on the bench with little Prince Harry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Lee on March 30, 2011
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Of course now with the wedding upon us - all things Royal are very interesting to read and I enjoyed this book very much
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Swartzberg on August 14, 2010
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Quick delivery. Good condition as described. But the author has written better books. I loved The Queen Mother, an interesting text and many wonderful color pages.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DRC on July 26, 2011
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Most of the few pictures were the same old news photos submitted by their press office. I thought this was a view inside palaces & country homes. THe only view was written. Very misleading and a total disappointment.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toby on June 21, 2010
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I think I have everything ever written about the, I enjoyed this book very much, I travel a great deal and therefore am very appreciative to good authors and only give five stars to those I believe tell a good story, have a great ending and have me wanting more. I don't always need all the sex or blood and gore, sometimes a romance, a love story or a drama is what I need. I highly recommend this book. And have recommended it to our book club in New York and Aspen,..I also recommend reading....The Boy He Loved - Obsession Into Darkness (Gay Suspense), Reflections In The Looking Glass - A Murder Mystery That Will Surprise you (Gay Murder Mystery), My Gay Socks (Gay Romance)and From Boys to Men (Gay Classic), you may also want to read,The Crane & Pelican (Gay Romance).
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