Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and Her Court

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History has known no monarch like her.
She has travelled 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 rare and privileged access to the world of Queen Elizabeth II to produce this enthralling new portrait of...

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Overview

History has known no monarch like her.
She has travelled 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 rare and privileged access to the world of Queen Elizabeth II to produce this enthralling new portrait of one of the most popular public figures on earth.
Only one other monarch—Victoria—has celebrated a diamond jubilee. As Elizabeth marks sixty years on the throne, Hardman travels with her around Britain and the world. He meets Her Majesty's family—including Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge—her closest advisers, and her prime ministers past and present. He follows the devoted team around her, from her Lord Chamberlain to her footmen.
Not only has Elizabeth II reigned through Britain's transformation from an imperial power to a multicultural nation, but she has steered the Monarchy through more reforms in the last twenty-five years than in the previous century. Staff who would once have lived an existence straight out of Upstairs Downstairs or Downton Abbey now find themselves working in a surprisingly young and dynamic environment.
Elizabeth II sits at the head of an ancient institution that remains, simultaneously, popular, regal, and relevant in a twenty-first-century world. It is neither down to luck nor longevity. It is down to the astute judgment of a thoroughly modern monarch with no small assistance from the longest-serving consort in history.
Here is the inside story.

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Editorial Reviews

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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  • ISBN-13: 9781743168165
  • Publisher: Bolinda Audio
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Hardman is one of Britain's best-known observers of the monarchy. He has covered royal life for more than twenty years, both as a Fleet Street royal correspondent and as the writer of several internationally acclaimed royal documentaries. He is the writer of both the series and the book, A Year With The Queen, which has been screened worldwide. Hardman has reported on royalty from every continent and more than fifty nations. In addition to the British Royal Family, his royal interviewees have included the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the King and Queen of Norway and the Queen of Denmark. After Cambridge University, Hardman joined the Daily Telegraph for which he also covered politics and sports. Married with three children, he lives 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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