Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
By (author) Hugo Vickers
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Elizabeth, the Queen Mother by Hugo Vickers
Book DescriptionHarold Nicolson called her 'the greatest Queen since Cleopatra', while Cecil Beaton called her 'a marshmallow made on a welding machine'. Stephen Tennant said: 'She looked everything that she was not: gentle, gullible, tenderness mingled with dispassionate serenity, cool, well-bred, remote. Behind this veil she schemed and vacillated, hard as nails.' Who was she? The Queen Mother's story has not yet been properly told. This was partly due to her long life, and the difficulty that always exists when a biography of a living person is attempted, partly because she was a queen - and the real person gets hidden behind the perceived image - and partly because she is hard to pin down. From her privileged aristocratic childhood, to the Abdication and the problems with Diana - this book questions how she faced her challenges and crises, assesses her role, how powerful she was, and how she coped. This is a candid, personal portrait of one of Britain's most loved national treasures. Hugo Vickers, an acknowledged expert on the House of Windsor, has spent seventeen years researching this book, and observed the Queen Mother in public and private over a period of forty years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099476627
(198mm x 129mm x 40mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This beautiful collection of fabulous photographs and incisive pen portraits captures the world of Cecil Beaton, one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of the twentieth century.
Glass of Fashion, Hardback (September 2014)
Gorgeously repackaged, this reissue of the classic book presents the iconic photographer's expert and witty reminiscences of the personalities who inspired fashion's golden eras, and left an indelible mark on his own sense of taste and style.
Royal Line of Succession, Paperback (July 2012)
A comprehensive set of family trees which will appeal to anyone interested in British Royal ancestry.
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Author Biography - Hugo Vickers
Hugo Vickers' books include Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece; Gladys, Duchess of Mariborough; Cecil Beaton; Vivien Leigh; Loving Garbo; Royal Orders; The Private World of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; and The Kiss, which won the 1996 Stern Silver Pen for Non-fiction.
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