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Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage

by Gyles Brandreth

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The difference between Brandreth's account and many other writings or the press reports that we are used to seeing is immediately evident. There is no subterfuge, no sensationalism, no quotes taken out of context. It is forthright and believable, mostly because it is drawn from conversations with the individuals concerned and the author identifies all his sources. A lot has happened in the Royal family since it was published in 2004, but the state of the royal marriage has not changed.

I planned to glance through it and read only the parts that grabbed my attention. Instead, I read every word of an excellent book that is truly interesting and absorbing. Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Dec 10, 2014 |
Interessante Doppelbiographie! ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393061132, Hardcover)

Privileged access to both the Queen and Prince Philip is the key to this revealing and engrossing royal biography.

This is the first major biography of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh—both royal, both great-great-great grandchildren of Queen Victoria, but in temperament and upbringing very different people. Her childhood was loving and secure, his turbulent: the Duke's grandfather was assassinated, his father arrested, his family exiled, his parents separated by the time he was ten. For almost sixty years theirs have been among the most famous faces in the world—yet the personalities behind the image remain elusive and the nature of their marriage is an enigma.

Gyles Brandreth has met all the principal players in the story; he quotes no anonymous sources; he has known the Duke of Edinburgh for twenty-five years and has interviewed him. This is a unique and revealing portrait of a remarkable partnership, told with candor and authority, and illustrated with Prince Philip's family photographs and pictures from the Queen's royal collection. 40 pages of illustrations.

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An account of the marriage of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh offers insight into their contrasting childhoods in spite of a similar ancestry, and the enigmatic nature of their long-time partnership.

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