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Her Majesty: The Court of Queen Elizabeth II Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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“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
“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
“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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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." In some cases this was accomplished by officials like the former Lord Chamberlain the Earl of Airlie, but in many cases the impulse for change came from the Queen herself, and as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee she can definitely feel proud of her accomplishment in preserving an institution that many felt could never survive.
If you're looking for long discussions of the reasons why some of the Royal Family's marriages have failed or a recapitulation of tawdry gossip then this book will disappoint you. But if you want to know more about some of the ways the small quiet woman we've all seen smiling and waving for 60 years now has managed a difficult task with grace and dignity, with able assistance from a long line of hard working men and women, then Her Majesty makes the perfect Diamond Jubilee reading.