Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and Her Court

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History has known no monarch like her. She has traveled farther than all her predecessors put together and lived longer than any of them. She has known more historic figures than anyone alive—from Churchill to Mandela, de Gaulle to Obama.

Now, the distinguished royal writer Robert Hardman has been granted special access to the world of Queen Elizabeth II to produce this enthralling new portrait of one of the most popular pubic figures on earth....

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Overview

History has known no monarch like her. She has traveled farther than all her predecessors put together and lived longer than any of them. She has known more historic figures than anyone alive—from Churchill to Mandela, de Gaulle to Obama.

Now, the distinguished royal writer Robert Hardman has been granted special access to the world of Queen Elizabeth II to produce this enthralling new portrait of one of the most popular pubic figures on earth.

Not only has Elizabeth II reigned through Britain’s transformation from an imperial power to a multi-cultural nation, but she has also steered the monarchy through more reforms in the last twenty-five years than in the previous century.

Queen Elizabeth II sits at the head of an ancient institution that remains simultaneously popular, regal, inclusive, and relevant in a twenty-first-century world. It is down to neither luck nor longevity: it is down to the shrewd judgment of a thoroughly modern monarchy—with no small assistance from the longest-serving consort in history. Here is the inside story.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Veteran journalist and royal observer Hardman (Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work) notes that Queen Elizabeth has always been quite visible on the global stage and “one of the most respected figures in the modern world.” Mining the usual sources and interviewing many who know the queen intimately, Hardman gathers fresh material and illuminating anecdotes, such as a little-known “bizarre royal bust-up” during a 1954 Australian tour when the queen “hurld shoes and threats and sporting equipment” at the duke of Edinburgh. BBC cameras captured the incident, but the film was destroyed on the spot. With wit and panache, Hardman unveils a prismatic portrait of a thoroughly modern monarch. 24 pages of color photos. Agent: Charles Walker, United Agents (U.K.). (Apr. 15)
BBC Entertainment
“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.”
Library Journal
Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, coming in June, has unloosed a new supply of biographies. Hardman (columnist, Daily Mail) offers an authoritative contribution. Readers will find here the first interview granted by Prince William to an author, as well as interviews with Prince Andrew, John Major, Tony Blair, David Cameron, and former members of the royal household. Insider anecdotes alone make this well worth the purchase, such as one about a row in 1954 between the queen and Prince Philip in front of an Australian camera crew who meekly gave the film to the queen's press secretary. But what really sets this work apart is its concentration on the working life of the monarch. Hardman describes the extraordinary amount of work Queen Elizabeth does and reveals small, virtually unnoticeable changes in her schedule (e.g., removing the soup course from state banquets saves 20 minutes) designed to slightly ease her burden at age 85. He also includes an in-depth look at the queen's relationship with prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron (who is younger than her youngest child). VERDICT Enlightening and absorbing, this dispassionate look at Elizabeth and her court is highly recommended; a nuanced study to be savored alongside Andrew Marr's The Real Elizabeth.—Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA
Kirkus Reviews
A courtier's fawning portrait of the longed-lived, thoroughly modern monarch. At 60 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. According to British royal biographer Hardman (A Year with the Queen, 2007, etc.), she has never been so well loved and appreciated by her people for he r many virtues. The author examines the success of her long reign in terms of her ability to confront the "anachronistic pantomime" of the hereditary institution and institute reforms (whether she liked it or not), as she was forced to do with Lord Airlie's royal-efficiency controls put in place in the '80s. The royal household resumed paying taxes, thus becoming self-sufficient and managing to prove to the British government its continued relevancy and independence. Hardman rehearses the highs and lows of the queen's reign, from her triumphal accession in 1952 and world tour a year later, to the frequently abominable behavior of her wayward children, the fire at Windsor Castle in 1992 and aftermath of the death of Lady Diana. Things could only get better. Since the '90s, the palace staff has modernized, computerized, consolidated dining rooms, opened the pool and royal opera box to more democratic use and acquired an in-palace dairy. The queen makes dizzying tours of her Commonwealth every year and has been served by a dozen British prime ministers, no longer choosing them herself. Except for a rare glimpse at her temper in an unguarded, human moment caught on film in 1954 (hurling shoes and curses at the fleeing Duke of Edinburgh, her husband), Elizabeth II remains in this stately portrait as enigmatic (or merely blank) as she ever was. A reverential look inside the intricate workings of Queen, Inc.--likely to appeal mostly to British readers and royal watchers.
Andrew Roberts
“At long last, we have the definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth’s world today. Robert Hardman knows the true story and tells it superbly.”
Simon Sebag Montefiore
“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 story telling by Britain’s outstanding royal observer.”
BBC Entertainment
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605983615
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,077,514
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Boring, Boring, Boring

    Could not wait to read this book but was overwhelmingly disappointed in the dry writing style. I consider myself an Anglophile and like and understand so many things British, and have long admired Her Majesty the Queen, but this book, clearly written for a British readership, over and over assumes every reader understands statements such as a member of the palace staff having earned a 2:1 in physics. What? And who cares anyway? The title of this book is Her Majesty. It should have been an ultimate history of Elizabeth and not ramble after ramble on palace finances, etc. I was expecting so much more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    This book covers the actual management and growth of the Court t

    This book covers the actual management and growth of the Court through the past 60 years in detail and explores the queens integral roll in the process. It is not a biography of Queen Elizabeth II, but covers many aspects of her life from the viewpoint of her place as a constitutional monarch and head of state.
    If you are looking for tiaras and gossip or a People magazine approach to the British monarchy, then you will be bored, but if you want to really understand the Palace, then you will appreciate this book.

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