ELIZABETH THE QUEEN
The Life of a Modern Monarch
By Sally Bedell Smith
Illustrated. 663 pp. Random House. $30.
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|Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Queen|
|The extraordinary public and private life of the world’s most famous monarch|
In honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee—60 years on the throne—TASCHEN celebrates the extraordinary private and public life of Her Majesty. Born in 1926, married in 1947, crowned as Queen in 1953, for over six decades she has steadfastly and loyally carried out her duty on behalf of her country, never speaking out of turn or putting a foot wrong. The book tells her remarkable royal story through hundreds of stunning photographs, many previously unseen and sourced from multiple archives in the United Kingdom (including the Royal Collection), Continental Europe, and the United States. These images have it all: history, politics, glamour, fashion, culture, travel, and, of course, hats.
The Derby, a famous horse race held on Epsom Downs in Surrey, near London, has always been a regular annual fixture in the Queen’s diary. She is seen here walking to the paddock on 4 June 1954. © Hulton Archive/Getty Images
As the Queen, she has endlessly traveled the globe, been introduced to every leading icon of the 20th century, including the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, and JFK, attended thousands of receptions and state functions; while concurrently being a mother to four children under the constant glare of public scrutiny. These photographs cover every aspect of her reign: the early years, coming of age during World War II, becoming a wife, Queen and mother, the Royal Tours, the palaces, the crowds, the weddings, the Royal Family, the Silver Jubilee in 1977, and the later years. God save her indeed!
Photographers included: Cecil Beaton, Studio Lisa, Dorothy Wilding, Karsh, Lord Snowdon, Patrick Lichfield, as well as more contemporary work from the likes of Wolfgang Tillmans, Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, and many others.
As one who knows the Queen put it to me once - you don't want a monarch who fizzes like a Catherine wheel ”