Queen Elizabeth II: An Oral History

Queen Elizabeth II: An Oral History

by Deborah Hart Strober, Gerald Strober
Queen Elizabeth II: An Oral History

Queen Elizabeth II: An Oral History

by Deborah Hart Strober, Gerald Strober



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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639361922
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/03/2022
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
File size: 34 MB
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About the Author

Deborah Hart Strober and Gerald S. Strober are the co-authors of ten books to date, including oral histories of the Kennedy, Nixon, and Reagan presidencies; and oral biographies of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; the evangelist Billy Graham; and Rudolph Giuliani. In compiling these works, the Strobers managed to penetrate the inner worlds of more than 500 leading personalities, including U.S. political figures and officials, foreign leaders, members of the British royal family, and religious personalities. In 2009, their book on Bernard L. Madoff, the first one to be published on that major financial scandal, was a Washington Post's Business Book of the Month.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Part 1 The House of Windsor

1 The Accession of Queen Elizabeth II 2

2 A Family Nightmare: The Abdication 23

3 The War and the Royal Family 47

4 The Marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip 56

5 The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 69

6 The Consort 87

Part 2 The Institution of the Monarchy

7 Who Is the Queen? 104

8 What Does the Monarchy Mean to British Subjects and Others? 143

9 The Queen and the Institution of the Monarchy 165

10 The Queen and her Prime Ministers 180

11 The Monarch as Defender of the Faith 211

12 The Queen's Travels Abroad 225

13 Life at Court 238

14 Visiting a Royal Residence at the Queen's Invitation 254

Part 3 The Queen and the Commonwealth

15 The Commonwealth 278

16 Canada 306

17 Australia 322

18 Africa 345

19 The Future of the Commonwealth 356

Part 4 Major Issues of the Reign

20 Northern Ireland 364

21 Suez and Hong Kong 383

22 The Falkland Islands War 394

Part 5 The Evolution of the Monarchy

23 Pandora's Box 410

24 Prince Charles and Princess Diana 428

25 The Death of Princess Diana 447

26 Lords Reform and Scottish Devolution 467

Part 6 The Future of the Monarchy

27 The Heir Apparent: Who Is He? 482

28 Queen Elizabeth II's Legacy and the Future of the Monarchy 498

Afterword 521

References 525

List of Interviewees 537

Abbreviations of Titles 541

Bibliographical Note 543

Photograph Permissions 545

Acknowledgments 547

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