Robert Lacey

A Brief Life of the Queen

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The Queen 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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    Xuraman Memmedovahas quoted3 years ago
    ‘The most profound satisfaction that royalty provides is that it gives us a paradise to inhabit.’
    Xuraman Memmedovahas quoted3 years ago
    Elizabeth was not easily deflected from her purpose. At first glance the shy Princess and the dashing Viking played out a conventional stereotype–assertive male and submissive female. But as events unrolled, it was Elizabeth’s quiet willpower and solid patience that won them both what they wanted.
    Xuraman Memmedovahas quoted3 years ago
    Remember how your father, by shouting at you, and making you feel uncomfortable, lost all your real affection. None of his sons are his friends, because he is not understanding and helpful to them.

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