The Monarchy by Deborah Strober
An Oral Biography of Elizabeth II

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Her public and private worlds, the life and times of Elizabeth II and her family.

Fifty years ago in February 1952, while in Kenya on the beginning of a world tour, Princess Elizabeth ascended to the British Throne on the death of her father, King George VI, who the day before had stood on the tarmac at London’s Heathrow airport waving her farewell. She returned to London as Queen to be met at the foot of the aircraft steps by Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
The Monarchy is the brilliantly constructed oral biography of the life of Elizabeth II and her fifty-year rule as the second-longest-reigning British sovereign in history. This candid look at the enduring monarch has been compiled from interviews that paint a rich picture of the private and the public life of the Queen. With access to over one hundred friends and associates of the Royal Family, the authors have woven their in-depth conversations into a fascinating, comprehensive personal profile that brings vividly to life the various strands of Queen Elizabeth’s life.
We follow the story from her birth in an elegant townhouse in London’s Piccadilly, through the trauma of the abdication of her uncle, Edward VIII, and her realization that she was the heir to the Throne. During the London blitz the Royal Family stayed in London, an action that was loved by Britons, and after the war her almost fairytale marriage to Prince Philip followed by her Coronation in 1953 in Westminster Abbey. This early life is brought vividly to life by insiders like Lady Pamela Hicks, Lady Elizabeth Longford, Michael Parker, Earl of Harewood, Philip Ziegler, and others.
The years of her reign, beset by political turmoil in her beloved Commonwealth of Nations and problems nearer to home in her family, are treated sensitively. A portrait emerges of a woman whose understanding of political reality and foreign and domestic policy is wide and deep. She has been served by nine Prime Ministers from Winston Churchill to Tony Blair (who, it is certain, has both given her advice and received it in return). The Monarchy also sheds light new light on Queen Elizabeth’s often strained and fractious relationships with her children and their spouses, including, of course, the Prince Charles/Princess Diana/Camilla Parker Bowles drama that riveted the world.
Drawing on the knowledge and observations of a wide range of people, courtiers, journalists, heads of state, politicians, and close friends, this book is an intimate and meaningful tour of a remarkable life. It is also a forthright portrait of an amazing woman: the Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth II, a figure who has captured the hearts and imagination of millions.

About Deborah Strober

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Deborah Hart Strober was for many years a journalist with the New York Jewish Week. She lives in New York City. Deborah Hart Strober and Gerald S. Strober are the authors of "His Holiness the Dalai Lama: The Oral Biography" and "Billy Graham: An Oral and Narrative Biography," both available from Wiley, and four previous oral histories, including "Let Us Begin Anew: An Oral History of the Kennedy Presidency" and "Reagan: The Man and His Presidency," They are longtime residents of New York City.
Published January 1, 2002 by HUTCHINSON. 594 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Organized in a loose chronology, the authors open with touching memories of Elizabeth’s accession to the throne in 1952 (she was in a nature park in Kenya when her father died) and the travails of the House of Windsor, including Edward VIII’s abdication.

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Royal: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Robert Lacey Little Brown, £20, pp492 The Monarchy: An Oral History of Elizabeth II Deborah and Gerald Strober Hutchinson, £20, pp550 Robert Lacey's Majesty, published 25 years ago to mark the 1977 Silver Jubilee, made its author a rich man.

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The book is filled with remarkable details such as Elizabeth's emergence from an airplane clad in mourning attire after being on safari when King George died (the royal family and attendants always packed black clothes in case of such emergencies), and good dirt like Prince Philip's fury at the c...

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