The last queen : Elizabeth II's seventy year battle to save the House of Windsor
—Irving, Clive, author.
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"Unseen behind the throne, two sides of the royal bloodline competed for influence--and egregious family secrets had to be protected. Meanwhile, in public, a succession of family ruptures put the monarchy under unprecedented scrutiny from the world's media. From the turbulent loves of Princess Margaret to the tragic saga of Princess Diana, from the torments of Prince Charles to the arrival of Meghan Markle, tensions have gripped the House of Windsor. Through all this, Elizabeth II remained steadfast in her values while many of those around her seemed to lose their moorings. Clive Irving's illuminating account casts new light on seventy tempestuous years of British history, exploring how Queen Elizabeth, uncomfortable with the pace of the social and cultural changes in her nation, and often seeming out of touch, resolutely kept the monarchy stable in a rapidly changing world. With unparalleled insight, Irving examines the pivotal events of Elizabeth's reign and then casts a broader eye to assess her role in the royal family's Faustian pact with the media. The final irony is, as Irving's carefully measured scrutiny reveals, that in the last decades of her reign Queen Elizabeth II has endured to become one of the most admired people in the world--while remaining one of the least known and understood. And in the annals of British royalty, it seems she may be the last true queen of the United Kingdom." -- Book jacket.

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Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
Great Britain -- History -- Elizabeth II, 1952-
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- History.
Monarchy -- Great Britain -- History.
Queens -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Windsor, House of.
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
ix, 357 pages ; 23 cm
Other Title:
Elizabeth II's seventy year battle to save the House of Windsor
Includes bibliographical references (page 349) and index.
Part one. The accidental queen
The wayward sister
Royal family values
A feud behind the throne
'The monarchy will not survive...'
Enter Tony stage left
The shock of change
A rival called Camelot
Mocking their Britannic majesties
The trouble with Philip
Money trouble
Beware the kingmakers
The slumber of centuries
The man who knew far too much
Part two. A titan passes, a tragedy strikes
How much promiscuity can a marriage take?
A great pageant and a disappeared documentary
A king takes his secrets to the grave
A year of disgrace
The long and scandalous legacy of Dickie Mountbatten
The radiant one
A last lunch with Tony
Two women at the top
The most famous person in the world
Where is the Queen?
The next king
Diana's boys
The Sussexes say goodbye
The monarchy in the time of apocalypse.
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