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Majesty: Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor

by Robert Lacey

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Written in the 1970s, it is a very interesting read. Starting before Elizabeth II's birth and on through to the 1970s. From my understanding it isn't a authorized biography, but it does give a glimpse into her world. Based on reading, and interviews with people affiliated with the Royal world, it gives an idea of what her upbringing and life has been like.

Brought up with a firm education in England's history, the traditions of the Royal world and the duties expected of her position, you get the idea that it is not a world of leisure and ease. She really does work at what she does. She is well versed in the happenings of the government, the people and all that is entailed in being the Queen.

Childhood was not a fancy life but rather a life of duties, learning and understanding what would be expected of her. Education was a big factor in her life, as emphasized by her Grandmother and her parents. Early on she was introduced to what she would have to do when she became Queen. Reading all documents that are presented to her, so that she is aware of what all is going on. How to behave when in public or dealing with Parliament. Knowing that her duty is to serve and comply with what is expected of her.

In her personal life there is a glimpse of what she does enjoy, her dogs, horses, the country life of tweeds, wellingtons and being outdoors in any weather. Her parents may be Royals but they enjoyed a bit more realistic life rather than the over luxurious style.

There is plenty of bibliography, references and details to back up what the author writes, even if it is based on reading and conversations with those affiliated with the Royals. (Seems that there is to be no authorized biographies to be written until a Royal is dead and gone.) It does get a bit dry in the last couple of chapters, but over all an interesting read. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Aug 24, 2017 |
While I had a foggy notion of the ins and outs of the House of Windsor during the last century this book was able to clarify who was who. Very interesting after having watched The King's Speech as background.

Some interesting facts about the Royal Family and explanation as to how the constitutional monarchy works and has changed in the last century. This book was written in the late 70's so there are things that are not discussed (such as Margaret Thatcher's time as PM or princess Diana). There is talk about how the Monarchy has changed over the last century and how Britain's expectations have changed for their monarch.

Overall a good and educational read. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
Mostly Text, Some photographs, Family Tree
  UniversalCostumeDept | May 8, 2013 |
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The Queen's personal life and her involvement in political crises are given equal attention in this detailed portrait of the British royal family in the twentieth century.

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