978-0-316-51154-4 / 0316511544

The Queen Mother's Century

by Lacey, Robert

Publisher:Little, Brown and Company



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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's life has spanned the entire 20th century and through that century she has witnessed decades of dramatic change, not least within her own family. Following her carefree and untroubled childhood she stepped into the public domain as the wife of a king, where she triumphed with her stoic support of the monarchy and her country and, after her husband's death, with her oldest daughter crowned Queen Elizabeth II, she remained a key player in the unfolding drama of the Royal Family and to this day stands proudly as a symbol of Britain.

Robert Lacey, the internationally renowned historian responsible for writing the groundbreaking royal biography Majesty, here pinpoints not only the personal dramas and events that have shaped this much-loved royal, but also the events and changes that have occurred in the world as a whole since her birth. By using historic newspaper front pages to chart the changing history of the world, from the death of Queen Victoria to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Lacey has neatly pulled the life and times of The Queen Mother into sharp perspective, adding a poignancy to the history of her life that may otherwise have been missed.

Exclusive interviews with those close to her help add a depth and affection to her story and a fine, comprehensive collection of photographs illustrate beautifully the triumphs and tragedies of a woman who is still as popular with her public as she ever was. A clever, charming portrait of a woman who has endured a life under the gaze of a nation, The Queen Mother's Century is a simple, classic, illustrated biography of a woman who has stood tall throughout 100 years of change. --Susan Harrison

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