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Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  159 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by W. W. Norton (first published 2004)
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Rebecca Huston
Possibly the best book I've read on the marriage between Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. While the author tends to name-drop shamelessly, you certainly can't call him boring. Best for those interested in the UK's royals. I liked it. I'm keeping it.

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Jul 03, 2010 Graceann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Royals
Shelves: biography
Gyles Brandreth is someone who has lingered on the fringes of royal/elite life for decades - while he is the first to admit that he is not close friends with any of the players, he is close enough to observe, and this allows him to form some insights wo which the average researcher may not have access.

Having said that, he is an avowed admirer of the Duke of Edinburgh and of the Queen, and obviously anxious to remain in their favour, so he bends over backward here to be kind to both of them. So,
Feb 04, 2015 ^ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Especially to anyone contemplating marriage or civil partnership
What inspirational lives, what a very human marriage, and clearly overall what a very, very, happy relationship between two very different characters who understand their differences & have thus learnt how to comfortably both accommodate and support the other. Lives very different, yet lives very similar. I found this book deeply heart-warming, inspirational, and daunting; the latter because this remarkable success has been achieved in the unrelenting eye of the public (both supporters and d ...more
This is another book I read because of the Jubilee, etc. It is not a light breezy story. It is more of a history of each person and why they work as a couple. the book definitely gives you an understanding of the royal families of England and how their backgrounds can be traced to one or two individuals. You also understand why Prince Philip is on the surface a bit cranky and odd. I would not want to one of their offspring, nor would I want to be in their shoes. The book does go into a great dea ...more
I Really enjoyed reading "Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage." It is thoroughly faithful to their Royal Highnesses, and does not dally in negative rumor, but gives lovely tidbits of their history and personalities. It is primarily a biography of Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. While positive toward The Duke of Edinburgh in particular, the author does not pull punches when the Duke's behavior is less than commendable. His Royal Highness read, commented on, and (presumably) gave approv ...more
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From the outset of his book (in his Introduction, in fact), Mr. Brandreth readily admits: "I am a royalist..." - he is that in spades: the author comes across positively besotted with his subject(s). Mr. Brandreth also admits to knowing "the Duke of Edinburgh for a number of years. I am accustomed to his sense of humour. I like it. I like him. I admire him." That he does. The aim of this book is, essentially, to shed new light on the Duke, whom Mr. Brandreth considers to be long misunderstood.

Dec 23, 2008 Ella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fact that the book is, if not officially, then seemingly tacitly endorsed by The Duke of Edinburgh makes it an even more solid read. When Brandreth has a question about one of the people involved, he goes and asks them to answer it. We hear from Prince Philip himself, the above-quoted Queen of Denmark, the Mountbattens, close friends of Philip and of Elizabeth, and more. Brandreth even has a fascinating sit down with Paul Burrell. It’s not the most academic approach to the book, and at times ...more
May 29, 2015 Suvi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although a bit repetitive at times (the editor's fault more than the writer's) this is a great read really for everyone living in Britain and/or interested in the monarchy and British history. Written with warmth, humour and a personal touch this book will open your eyes to see the monarchy in a different way.
Leslie B Mink
Not much that I didn't already know.
This was a fascinating look at the lives of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II from their infancy through recent times. At moments, I have to admit, Philips family gets a little confusing, but as a royal obsessive I really LOVED this non-tabloid view of their lives together. Recommended for royal watchers and those who love English History.

Kristina Hoerner
While I was looking forward to reading about this royal marriage, this book was a disappointment. It was written by a friend of Philip's for the sole purpose of proving to the world how misunderstood Philip is. He went too far and tried to make Philip look like a saint.
The author traces the family background of both Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip, discusses their family, examines Prince Philip's reputation as a playboy (very likely undeserved). Very readable.
Apr 04, 2007 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
The author admits his bias but it's hard to get a full picture. Nonetheless, it's a loving portrait of some people who would be down to earth if they weren't the Queen and Consort.
I'm going to shelf this book for awhile. I haven't read any of it in days and I have lost interest in it. I might pick it back up later.
Apr 25, 2008 Marita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biog
Awesome. Very insightful, I loved the way this one is written. I should check out some of his other work.
Patty Abrams
The Queen and consort's lives from childhood to now. Lots of history.
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Full name: Gyles Daubeney Brandreth.
A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End. A prolific broadcaster (in programmes ranging from Just a Minute to Have I Got News f
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