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Description - Royal by Robert Lacey

In 1977, Robert Lacey's bestselling MAJESTY was the first serious biography of Elizabeth II, defining the affection for the Queen that underlay the popular success of the Silver Jubilee. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of her accession, ROYAL brings her remarkable story up to date. It provides a fresh portrait of her relationship with Prince Philip, and its effect on their children; it describes how the Queen has worked to live up to and maintain her strongly held beliefs, shaped over the years by the wishes and dreams - and sometimes the anger and unhappiness - of the people; and it explains how and why the monarchy continues to enjoy such enduring support. In addition, the Jubilee Paperback edition has been updated to reflect all the fast-changing events of the Jubilee year, specifically: * The controversy over the work activities of Prince Edward and Sophie * Prince Harry's escapades with drink and drugs * The death of Princess Margaret * The death of royal critic Lord Altrincham

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780751532241
ISBN-10: 075153224X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 30mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Sphere
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 2-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Royal by Robert Lacey

UK Kirkus Review » Robert Lacey is the doyen of royal biographers: respectful without being toadying, critical yet not iconoclastic. In 1977 he published Majesty, a biography of Queen Elizabeth II, to commemorate her Silver Jubilee. It is therefore fitting that he should do the same for her Golden Jubilee. Inevitably, some of the earlier material in the book, particularly about the history of the House of Windsor, covers the same ground as Majesty. However, even if you have read Majesty, these historical events are so well re-evaluated in Royal, taking into account the many dramatic developments that have happened since 1977, that this new book is well worth buying. If you are new to the work of Robert Lacey, it is worth stating that you are unlikely to find a better biography of Her Majesty. His sources are impeccable, and he has a great regard for facts and for historical perspective, rather than the purely personal and salacious. Lacey does not stint in his criticism of some of the royal hangers-on, and he refuses to dignify the behaviour of the Prince and late Princess of Wales as their marriage disintegrated and they both employed the media as a weapon, yet he expresses little other than admiration for the work of the Queen herself. He explains some of the Palace anachronisms in a way that make the reader more sympathetic to the problems faced by the Royals, yet he is brutally honest about some of the mistakes made by the household in the days following Diana's death. There are some glorious pen-portraits - of Prince Philip's eccentric mother, Princess Alice, floating around Buckingham Palace in her customary nun's outfit; of the Queen sitting patiently in a traffic jam in central London, only to see a car, complete with outriders and police escort, sweep past... containing Princess Michael of Kent; of the fierce battles that raged over whether the Royal children would take their mother's surname or Prince Philip's. The author is no Andrew Morton or Kitty Kelley, but the inclusion of such personal detail adds warmth to this measured account of 50 years which, on the whole, have been far more successful and triumphant than most of us even realize, so much do we take our Queen for granted. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Robert Lacey

Robert Lacey is an internationally renowned historian and biographer and co-founder of Cover magazine. His ground-breaking and highly-acclaimed MAJESTY - ELIZABETH II AND THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR was published in 1977 on the occasion of the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

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