Queen Elizabeth II is the focus of two new books

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The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations It may be over, but the royal magic is forever. Fans of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II have new options to learn about her seven-decade reign. One quick and fun read addresses the most obvious element of the Queen’s role – her fashion. The other book delves deeper into the history of the House of Windsor.

“The Queen: 70 Years of Majestic Style” by Bethan Holt

The magic of this book extends far beyond its pictures, although it does contain a fine selection of the rarest of the picks: the queen in pants. Impossible to cover All From the appearance of the queen, so holt, fashion Director of News and Features at Britain’s Telegraph, the Queen’s extensive wardrobe categorizes the various phases of her career (on tours, off-duty), accessories (yes, there’s a jewel-only chapter), key moments, colours, designers and more. . The book discusses such influential figures as Margaret “Bobo” MacDonald, Her Majesty’s longtime stylist; Norman Hartnell, who designed wedding and coronation gowns; and the Queen’s dress guard today, Angela Kelly (nicknamed the AK-47 because of her “steel stance”). (Kelly, with permission rarely granted to a royal employee, has published two books about the Queen’s fashion; The Other Side of the Coin was updated last month to include the era of the coronavirus.)

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Holt’s reviews were clever: She noted that the Queen, known for being consistent in her public role, hadn’t changed her own style — a plaid skirt, sensible jacket and shoes — since childhood. Holt charts how the Queen has become an inspiration for designers and an icon with age, and is even trending towards bright green suit I wore it in her face 2016 birthday parade (# Neonat 90). Fashion lovers and members of the royal family can find a lot to like in this slim fit size.

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“Queen of Our Time” by Robert Hardman

The journalist and biographer tells the fascinating story of Queen Elizabeth II’s life amid political and social issues throughout her long reign. At 624 pages, it’s not a quick read. But it covers an impressive amount of history without getting bogged down – taking readers from the end of Elizabeth’s grandfather’s reign to her uncle’s abdication in 1936 and throughout Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne, including Sudden exit from royal life by the Duke and Duchess of SussexThe Queen’s 99-year-old husband dies, Prince Philipin 2021, and the period leading up to the Platinum Jubilee.

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Hardman argues that Elizabeth’s commitment to her role is driven by more than just a sense of duty: “She loves being a queen well and always has it.” He addresses family disputes (not just Prince Andrew), Commonwealth concerns, and, most recently, the quiet steps of “transition” as mobility issues limit the Queen’s public appearances. (Currently, Hardman wrote, there is no plan to hand the throne to Prince Charles; instead, the courtiers aim to “improve” both the 96-year-old Queen and her heir as she delivers specific duties.

It tells some events as they happened in real time – like the unexpected death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997 – but it also overlaps with later thoughts from key figures, such as former British Prime Ministers David Cameron, Tony Blair and John Major, and foreign officials including George W. Bush, who remembers meeting the Queen when His father, George Bush Sr., was in office and later hosted her as president.

Time and time again, the script exposes inaccurate depictions in the Netflix series “The Crown,” including a refusal to film the show due to the Queen’s reluctance to visit Aberfan, the Welsh town where a 1966 mining disaster ravaged a local school, killing nearly 150 people, Most of them are children. (“It was her opinion that it didn’t help anyone that the Queen burst into tears,” Hardman quoted a former private secretary as saying, and Palace staff maintain that the King does not want to compromise the rescue effort.) While readers may at times wish to offer Hardemann’s views directly, he ultimately makes a clear argument that the United Kingdom – however loosely united these days – is unlikely to do it. Get rid of the monarchy, even if the end of the Elizabethan era portends important changes.

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Hardman’s extensive research included access to the royal archives, and quotes from the Queen’s father’s war memoirs. The book is full of original interviews, including quotes from Prince Philip and Prince Charles. “Queen of Our Times” is not the same dish tone The pace of “Tina Brown”Palace LeavesReaders may find themselves wanting less from the American experts on “soft power” and more about the Queen’s flexing of royal muscles (“Get this dog out of my house,” she reportedly ordered after learning that the wife of a visiting African president had been snuck by a pet dog at a palace Buckingham, in violation of UK customs rules.) However, this official act is likely to introduce old fans and new followers to the role of royal diplomacy and Queen Elizabeth’s evolution from young monarch to seasoned monarch.

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