On Duty with the Queen

On Duty with the Queen

by Dickie Arbiter


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In this wonderful and honest book, former press secretary to the royal family Dickie Arbiter reveals the inner-workings of everyday life in side Buckingham Palace, and what it's really like to be on duty with the Queen. With four decades of experience covering royalty as a journalist and as one of Her Majesty's press secretaries, Dickie Arbiter has had unprecedented access to the inner circle of some of the most intriguing news stories over the years, and is the only royal commentator to have witnessed the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and covered her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees. Appointed a press spokesman for Queen Elizabeth II in 1988, Dickie was immediately catapulted into the media circus surrounding the world s most famous and divisive family. From sailing in the Royal Yacht Britannia, escorting Prince Charles on far-flung trips across the globe and the Commonwealth, and joining Her Majesty for washing-up duties following a picnic in Balmoral Castle, to becoming one of Princess Diana s most trusted confidantes before briefing the world's media of her untimely death, Dickie was at the forefront of the decision-making at the Palace during the most turbulent decade in the monarchy's reign. Open, entertaining, enlightening, and surprising, On Duty with the Queen is a wonderful account of a once-in-a-lifetime job and a truly unique service to the crown.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910536278
Publisher: Blink Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dickie Arbiter is a regular public speaker and takes immense pride in his career at Buckingham Palace. He is a regular royal commentator, analyst, and historian and is relied upon by all the major UK, US, Australian, Canadian, SA, European, and Far Eastern television and radio networks. He also contributes to royal news and documentaries on the BBC, SKY, and ITN.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 Into Britannia 1

Chapter 2 Hanging Up the Microphone 12

Chapter 3 Outward Bound 28

Chapter 4 A Bite of the Big Apple 42

Chapter 5 The Myth-busting Princess 53

Chapter 6 An Iron Curtain Call 70

Chapter 7 Breaking News 84

Chapter 8 Birthday Boy 91

Chapter 9 Heir Raising 101

Chapter 10 A Picture Tells a Thousand Words 108

Chapter 11 The Annus Horribilis Begins 120

Chapter 12 Trouble and Strife - Annus Horribilis Part Two 129

Chapter 13 Receiving Visitors 138

Chapter 14 Smiling for the Cameras 147

Chapter 15 Death of a Princess: Diana - The Longest Week 157

Chapter 16 The Biggest Global Media Event Ever 170

Chapter 17 The Royals Return 185

Chapter 18 Farewell to the People's Princess 199

Chapter 19 All Quiet on the SWi Front 210

Chapter 20 Come Back, Dickie - We Need You! 221

Chapter 21 Retirement 227

Epilogue 243

Glossary 253

Afterword 255

Index 257

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On Duty With The Queen 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not waste your time or money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like biographies this is pretty good reading.