A stunning and revelatory oral history of Queen Elizabeth II and her reign.
There seems an unquenchable fascination with the British royal family on both sides of the Atlantic, borne out by the popularity of The Crown on Netflix, the spotlight on the Sussexes and Cambridges, and the media attention on the death of Prince Philip.
These detailed interviews and insightful accounts range from the very early years of her reign to Prince Phillip’s death in 2021. Covering the shocking death of her father and the adjustment required of a newly married couple as well as the turmoil of the later years and her grandchildren’s families.
This lavishly produced hardback with rarely seen color photos paints a full, detailed and sympathetic portrait of a life lived in service.
Featuring interviews from diverse sources from private staff at Buckingham Palace and family friends, to international figures like Nelson Mandela, it contains a broad spectrum of views on Queen Elizabeth II—her story and her personality and how her life has intersected and impacted others.
Husband and wife biographers Gerald and Deborah Strober paint a mostly flattering portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in this updated and expanded version of The Monarchy (2002). Weaving together interviews with royal family insiders including Lady Angela Oswald, who served as "woman of the bedchamber" to the Queen Mother, the authors detail Elizabeth's ascension to throne at age 25 and her dawning realization that "the end of her private life had come." Interviewees praise Elizabeth's moral rectitude and attention to protocol while shedding light on her 1947 wedding to naval officer Philip Mountbatten; her relationships with Winston Churchill, Boris Johnson, and other prime ministers; and her "determination and resilience" in the face of Philip's death in 2021. Controversial subjects, including Elizabeth's decision not to return to London in the immediate aftermath of Princess Diana's death in a car crash, and Prince Andrew's withdrawal from royal duties amid a sex abuse lawsuit, are touched on lightly. While many of the interviewees will be unfamiliar to American readers, their observations are an entertaining mix of respectful and catty. ("What would have been the public's attitude if she'd looked like the back of a bus?" asks one about the British fascination with Princess Diana.) This comprehensive survey of Elizabeth II's reign will delight dedicated royal watchers. Illus.