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Elizabeth the Queen

The Life of a Modern Monarch


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In this magisterial new biography, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith brings to life one of the world's most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II.

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"A respectful, engrossing and perceptive portrayal" Publisher's Weekly

"This is a biography that avoids none of the difficult questions. Sally Bedell Smith asks them in a way no one else has dared."-Nancy Milford

"Elizabeth the Queen shows the woman as well as the monarch, and helps us to understand how Elizabeth has become a key figure in the history of our times."-Margaret MacMillan

"Elizabeth the Queen is an engaging, insightful, and altogether entertaining journey through the life and trials of the world's most beloved monarch. By the end of Sally Bedell Smith's winning book, I felt as if I had a new friend in Buckingham Palace."-Tom Brokaw

"A compelling, deeply human portrait of the remarkable Elizabeth II. This is a biography not to be missed."-Lynne Olson

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The Wisdom of Queens

Queen Elizabeth portrait, Princess Kate portrait
From left: Dorothy Wilding, Camera Press/Retna;
Kirsty Wigglesworth, AFP/Getty Images

Time Magazine
January 16, 2012
For 60 years, Elizabeth II has been a model of propriety and duty. Sally Bedell Smith suggests five things Kate can learn from her.




Love and Majesty

Queen Elizabeth portrait, Princess Kate portrait
PERFECT COUPLE Philip and Elizabeth on their honeymoon, at Broadlands, the Mountbatten estate in Hampshire, November 1947. Photograph from Topical Press Agency/Getty Images; Digital colorization by Lorna Clark

Vanity Fair
January, 2012
It was, in 1947, that rarest of unions: a royal love match. But though the dashing Prince Philip of Greece and the 21-year-old heiress to Britain's throne were clearly besotted as they began a life and family together, trouble lay ahead as “Lilibet” became "Her Majesty" and the new Duke of Edinburgh chafed at his consort role. In Vanity Fair, Sally Bedell Smith describes the dynastic struggle that rocked Queen Elizabeth II's marriage and the difficult choices she was forced to make.




Her Majesty's A-Team

Queen Elizabeth II with Lord Charteris
Lord Charteris pictured with Queen Elizabeth II to whom he was Private Secretary between 1972 and 1977. Photo: PA

The Telegraph
February 14, 2012
From the Lord who crafted her speeches to the dresser who told her to avoid green: meet HRH's most loyal subjects in The Telegraph.




In the News

The Lady
March 2, 2012
The truth about the Queen's Corgis. They are the Queen's closest companions - so what's it really like to be a regal pooch? Royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith reveals... More »

Malibu Magazine
February 22, 2012
"Sally Bedell Smith is known for her impeccable writing and journalistic integrity...This esteem and trust earned Smith the palace's help in the writing of her latest biography, Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, in which Smith uncovers Queen Elizabeth's fascinating life leading up to her Diamond Jubilee this year" More »

CBC News
February 13, 2012 Read the Interview

The Telegraph
February 4, 2012 Writes Victoria Ward: "Contents of Queen's handbag revealed: including £5 for church collection." The contents of the Queen's ubiquitous handbag have long been the source of much mystery and speculation. More »

KCAL9: CBS Los Angeles
January 29, 2012 Watch the video

New York Times
January 20, 2012
"An excellent, all-embracing new biography of Queen Elizabeth II by the superb chronicler Sally Bedell Smith comes out in time to help American readers appreciate the facts of this complex pair [Elizabeth and Prince Philip] in the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee,the 60th anniversary of her accession to the British Throne....Ms. Bedell Smith pulls fascinating details into her portrait of Elizabeth, shining a beam of light onto underlighted corners of the monarch's experience." More »

National Post
January 18, 2012
Shinan: Queen Elizabeth, more than a pretty smile More »

Huffington Post
January 16, 2012
Royal Bride Wars: Diana Was No Kate More »

Fox News: Fox and Friends
January 13, 2012
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USA Today
January 9, 2012
The British national anthem might be God Save the Queen, but according to Sally Bedell Smith's new biography, Elizabeth the Queen, the petite monarch has done a heroic job of rescuing the royal institution herself. More »

LA Times
January 9, 2012
Much has been written about the British monarch, but the American author manages to mine new tidbits - with the help of the queen's family and friends. More »

Boston Globe
January 8, 2012
A sprightly 85 and still clutching her signature handbag, Queen Elizabeth II is more popular than ever. More »


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