Elizabeth II was not born to be queen. She came into the world on April 21, 1926, the equivalent of the modern Princess Beatrice, first-born daughter of the Duke of York, destined to flutter on the royal fringe. So while Lilibet was brought up with almost religious respect for the crown, there seemed no chance of her inheriting it. Her head was never turned by the personal prospect of grandeur—which is why she would prove so very good at her job. Elizabeth II's lack of ego was to prove the paradoxical secret of her greatness.
For more than thirty years, acclaimed author and royal biographer Robert Lacey has been gathering material from members of the Queen's inner circle—her friends, relatives, private secretaries, and prime ministers. Now, in The Queen, Lacey offers a life of the celebrated monarch, told in six succinct chapters, accentuated by elegant color and black-and-white photographs that capture the distinctive flavor of passing eras and reveal how Elizabeth II adapted—or, on occasions, regally declined to adapt—to changing times.
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I absolutely loved The Queen: A Life in Brief because it is a short but comprehensive overview of her entire life.Read Full Review of The Queen
...is the perfect biography for those of us who are curious, but don't care to know every detail a biographer or the media would normally reveal.Read Full Review of The Queen
There was a lot I didn't know about Queen Elizabeth II. Very well written and so much full of great informationRead Full Review of The Queen
...as far as biographies go -- especially consolidated biographies -- this is a superior one.Read Full Review of The Queen
A great primer for the history of the royal family during Elizabeth's lifetime, but I would have loved to see more of a focus on the Queen herself.Read Full Review of The Queen
Overall, Lacey paints a very favorable picture of the Queen as a woman who has steadfastly served her people and done her duty with little fanfare.Read Full Review of The Queen
At a mere 166 pages, the author gives readers a comfortably brief overview of Queen Elizabeth II's life and 60-year reign.Read Full Review of The Queen
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