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By Robert Hardman

The hotly expected American version of Robert Hardman's biography of Queen Elizabeth (formerly Our Queen in the U.K.)—An intimate portrait of England's soon-to-be longest reigning queen, in occasion of her diamond jubilee—and the first-ever e-book interview together with her grandson, Prince William.

History has recognized no monarch like her. She has traveled farther than all her predecessors prepare and lived longer than any of them. She has recognized extra historical figures than someone alive—from Churchill to Mandela, de Gaulle to Obama.

Now, the prestigious royal author Robert Hardman has been granted distinctive entry to the realm of Queen Elizabeth II to provide this mesmerizing new portrait of 1 of the most well-liked pubic figures on earth.

Not basically has Elizabeth II reigned via Britain’s transformation from an imperial strength to a multi-cultural kingdom, yet she has additionally recommended the monarchy via extra reforms within the final twenty-five years than within the earlier century.

Queen Elizabeth II sits on the head of an historic establishment that is still at the same time well known, regal, inclusive, and suitable in a twenty-first-century global. it truly is all the way down to neither good fortune nor sturdiness: it's all the way down to the intelligent judgment of a completely glossy monarchy—with no small the help of the longest-serving consort in historical past. here's the interior story.

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It was the first time they’d had a woman and the first time they’d had someone from a Treasury or Civil Service background as opposed to the Foreign Office or the Forces. ’ She found some of her new colleagues as unusual as they, no doubt, found her. ‘I had never met a group of people for whom military background was far more important than anything to do with university,’ she recalls. ’ But she also realised that she was working for a boss who was ‘entirely pragmatic’ about the challenges ahead.

I have spoken to members of the Royal Family, prime ministers, private secretaries, prelates, pages, footmen and friends. I have been able to follow her around the world, around the country and around her own palace at close quarters. The jubilee may be an occasion for all of us to look back over the last sixty years but the star turn will prefer to keep looking ahead. She accepts that her anniversary is a big deal for some. The Lord Chamberlain’s Office has already declared an amnesty on tat. ‘Normally, we don’t allow people to stick the Queen’s arms on things like mugs,’ says Deputy Comptroller Jonathan Spencer.

It has sat in the Abbey for seven hundred years and has been used at every coronation since the fourteenth century. Scotland’s sacred Stone of Scone slots in beneath it. The Queen was sitting on this battered oak seat, six feet tall and etched with centuries-old graffiti, when she was crowned Monarch herself. What was striking about this moment, though, was the Queen’s reaction. She might have been viewing a moderately interesting new traffic control centre in the West Midlands. She listened politely to a short explanation about the restoration work.

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