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A Year with the Queen Hardcover – December 4, 2007
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Most of us will live our lives in anonymity, and the ability to do what we want, when we want, without much public scrutiny. That this woman hasn't had a day of privacy since childhood is indeed an amazing concept in this day where any obligation, even marriage, is taken lightly.
This is an excellent insight into the amount of work the Queen and family perform, certainly not just 'small talk'. Would only that our politicians could turn out the same amount!
The book describes how each member of the royal family helps to support the Queen; contains interviews with some of the less well known members of the royal family such as the Duke of Gloucester; goes behind the scenes to give the reader an idea of what goes into planning and preparing for a royal event; explains the honors system; and provides quotes of the various people who either work for the Queen or are about to meet her, and their impressions afterward. The book also invites the reader to one of the Queen's tea parties and makes the reader feel as though they are right there. None of the books or videos I own have given such a comprehensive peak into the inner workings of what life is like behind the palace walls.
This is just a quick overview of the book's contents, but the book is easy to read and contains great photographs. I can't lavish enough praise for this book.
The cover photograph by Annie Liebovitz is STUNNING and the tale behind that photographic session is quite amusing. Annie really got to like HM's feistiness and frankness - after all she is a Taurus - and even stood up to that sometimes bossy woman - Leibovitz I mean, NOT HM. But Ms. Leibovitz got the results she wanted except for having The Queen being mounted on a horse in Garter robes in one of Buckingham Palace's drawing rooms. What WAS she thinking?
THe State Visit to Washington was intriguing to see and the preparations were exhaustive. Even President Bush's comments showed him to be almost human and he appears to have really like and actually admired our Queen of Canada (by law). Laura Bush got her white-tie dinner with the Queen of England and more power to her, even if President Bush looked a bit uncomfortable at times.
Some of the photos reproduced are a bit fuzzy as if improperly scanned or from secondary or tertiary sources but, for the most part, the photos are crystal clear.
Having been to Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland they really do put on a show and serve a nice tea. The lemon tarts are to die for.
This is the perfect book to accompany the television series and you can rest assured that when the DVD of it comes out I will buy it posthaste.
An enjoyable read, if not overly scholarly, but then it was designed for a mass audience and for that it does RObert Hardman much credit. The appendices are helpful and will explain much to the American reader.
Much recommended and an enjoyable read.
Timothy Wingate Ottawa CANADA
However, the author got a few facts wrong when he wrote about the recent state visit to the U.S. To begin with, (1) Virgina Tech is a university, not a college. (2) The Queen's bedroom in the White House was called that after the Queen Mother stayed in that room,at the White House, with her husband (George VI) in the late 1930's. (3) The calbarias (is that how you spell it?) that the Queen gave when she was Princess Elizabeth, they have been on that mantle since the TRUMAN era, not the Kennedy era.
Also, I would have loved seen how the people at the Kentucky Derby got things ready for the Queen's visit.
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If you've ever seen "Monarchy the Royal Family at Work" and enjoyed that show, then this is a book you will also enjoyPublished 17 months ago by Adam Corder
I am an ardent Royalist, and find so many Books about Royalty are just a re-hash of something ll read before. Not so this book. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by JONJORJ
I love the Queen, and thought the author did a wonderful job with this book! This was a great purchase.Published on June 11, 2013 by C.HOOKLAND
Very interesting take/viewpoint from the inside of the "fishbowl." I had NO idea there was such effort and manpower put into every successful royal event! Wow!Published on May 15, 2013 by S. Melton
This is a great behind the scenes look at how difficult it is to be Her Majesty and how much she works for England. Beautiful pictures and great stories of the events highlighted.Published on January 25, 2013 by Amy Volker
But my copy had many missing pages. I didn't learn until after I got the book that it was a former library book. What a disappointment.Published on December 21, 2012 by Linda L. Birge
"A year with the Queen" is a wonderful book with info from the documentary with the same name. Beautiful pictures and chapters cover the day ins and day outs of the Queen. Read morePublished on April 7, 2012 by Silence Dogood