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Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
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it was amazing
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Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
 by Sally Bedell Smith is an in depth look at the life of, perhaps, the most well-known woman in the world. This is a biography of both a woman and a Queen who has reigned for sixty years.  From the first page it becomes obvious that this a well-researched work filled with anecdotes that provide an opportunity to understand how she has managed to be a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and grandmother as well as a monarch.
The abdication of King Edward VIII eventually led to a child called Lilibet to become  Queen Elizabeth II at age twenty-five. At an early age she fell in love with the man she would marry and who still stands at her side today.  Their  marriage is worth examining  in light of their extraordinary life.  The author also provides insight into who Prince Philip is- both as an individual and the role he plays in this long lasting relationship.  The relationships with their  children and grandchildren are candidly presented.  It is clear that they are a family. The Queen is shown to be a non-interfering and tactful parent.  Considering the fact that their lives are public, these attributes alone are amazing. 
The author provides a chronological timeline of the Queen’s personal life and her role as the monarch. She opens the door to life within the  monarchy and how it functions. The one constant that is repeated
throughout the book is that Queen Elizabeth II has reigned with grace and integrity for sixty years. Her commitment to service is absolute.
She is known to possess both wit and wisdom as well as the ability to change when the times require it. 

This is a beautifully written book. In my opinion, if one decides to read only one book about the Queen then this is that book.
 
I received this book at no charge from Goodreads First Reads. 


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