Philip and Elizabeth by Gyles Brandreth
Portrait of a Royal Marriage

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Privileged access to both the Queen and Prince Philip is the key to this revealing and engrossing royal biography.

This is the first major biography of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh—both royal, both great-great-great grandchildren of Queen Victoria, but in temperament and upbringing very different people. Her childhood was loving and secure, his turbulent: the Duke's grandfather was assassinated, his father arrested, his family exiled, his parents separated by the time he was ten. For almost sixty years theirs have been among the most famous faces in the world—yet the personalities behind the image remain elusive and the nature of their marriage is an enigma.

Gyles Brandreth has met all the principal players in the story; he quotes no anonymous sources; he has known the Duke of Edinburgh for twenty-five years and has interviewed him. This is a unique and revealing portrait of a remarkable partnership, told with candor and authority, and illustrated with Prince Philip's family photographs and pictures from the Queen's royal collection. 40 pages of illustrations.

About Gyles Brandreth

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Broadcaster, interviewer, novelist, children's author, and biographer, Gyles Brandreth has been involved in the work of the National Playing Fields Association, whose patron is the Queen and whose president is the Duke of Edinburgh, for twenty-five years. He lives in England.
Published September 14, 2004 by Century. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Victoria’s consort had worked closely with the queen, serving effectively as her confidential assistant, but Philip was told to keep out of the way, as the monarchy had changed from an executive power to an institution with which he “had to fit in.” Another emasculating blow arrived when Elizabet...

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Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage by Gyles Brandreth Century £20, pp384 Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III by Flora Fraser John Murray £25, pp400 So now we know - thanks to the prurient intercession of that woolly-pullied royal plaything Gyles Brandreth - what happened when th...

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