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Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and Her Court

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  516 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Perfect for fans of The Crown, this “intimate portrait” of England’s longest-reigning queen takes you behind the scenes of a thoroughly modern monarchy (BBC Entertainment).

History knows no monarch like her. She has traveled farther than all her predecessors combined, lived the longest of any of them, and known more historic figures—from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Pegasus Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the British monarchy
As many of you may already know, I love all things English, monarchy, basically anything to do with the Queen. This biography was interesting, although I knew most of it already. There were certain parts – the sections on government – that were a bit boring and slow.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

Banquets at Buckingham Palace
“Upstairs, on the balcony, the chairs are laid out for one of the most extraordinary – though invisible – rituals of a Palace banquet. In a tradition harking back to t
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2012, royalty
Not a biography at all, but a wonderfully wonky account of the inside workings of the various offices that keep the monarchy running and how they've changed over the decades. ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just in time for the Jubilee and the London Olympics, a sympathetic portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II by a knowledgeable journalist and longtime royal-watcher. I checked this one out of the library by mistake, having confused it with "Elizabeth the Queen," which is a scholarly biography. This book is dissimilar -- it is chatty, very British (some of the slang expressions and references to popular television shows quite baffled me), concentrates on the present-day monarch, and is more informal and ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and her Court by Robert Hardman provides an overview and analysis of Queen Elizabeth II, her reign, and the many changes and reforms that have transpired over her sixty years on the throne.

Well chosen photographs illustrate the Queen's activities including
opening Parliament, Trooping the Colour, visiting a mosque, at the National Stud in Ireland, Garter Day, a state dinner at Windsor, and at a G-20 summit. My favorite photos are welcoming home a wounded soldier, a
Alise Napp
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read my full thoughts on my blog.

"Considering my lifelong love of British royal history, I found myself surprised by how much I learned from Her Majesty...Hardman demonstrates the breadth of the Queen's activities, the modern role of the royal family and how it has developed, and the significance of the Commonwealth.

Hardman was granted several key interviews which made the book not only more reputable, but also more enjoyable for us royalists. Prince Andrew - Duke of York and the Queen's second
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the author states, the thoughts and feelings of the Queen will come out when access to her papers and journals are available. Unfortunately, that will not happen until the Queen dies.
After reading this, I have a better understanding of the monarchy and the way it works. That part was fascinating, as was the information about the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's marriage and relationship. I think the Queen sounds like a fascinating woman, with a lot to offer the world.
It is not a fast read,
Nancy Doran
I liked this book. It was interesting and informative. Goota love the Queen!
Maybe this should be 2 stars, especially from me because I'm a tough grader. 3 starts is a pretty good book in, well, in my book. I rarely elaborate with a review, but feel like I should explain. It actually wasn't a well-written book, or a skillfully compelling read, and the writer is an absolute royalist who might've left out "the other side" of some events. However, it wasn't horrible either, and it aptly responds to a reader like me who was curious about what the Queen's job really is these ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me forever to read. I’m not entirely sure why, because it was interesting. I did have a few times I had to wait to get it back from the library.
This is not so much a biography of the Queen and her life as it is a biography for her reign. Organized by topic (prime ministers, royalist vs republic debates, foreign interactions, etc.) instead of chronologically, it was a good format.
I learned quite a bit and enjoyed the reading.
Jillene Partrick
I learned a lot about the workings of the Court and found that very interesting. I appreciate the "long view" of monarchy and the changes since Queen Elizabeth II became queen were quite interesting. Overall, a good read of the ups and downs and the steadfastness that the Queen brings. Learning more of the family dynamic, in as much as it was discussed and about a few more individuals in the Royal family and their unique contributions was also very interesting. ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read many biographies but thought that this biography on the Queen's reign was a very good read. I know this isn't an official biography since that won't happen until her death. However, I did feel like it was very enlightening about the British Monarchy and the work that the Queen does in all aspects of her realms. ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good overview of the many Prime Ministers that QEII has interacted with over the many years of her reign. There are many other interesting stories interwoven throughout the book. But most will find this as more of a historical account and not the "story from downstairs." ...more
Beth Parker
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive look at Her Majesty ‘s reign up to 2014.

This is for history buffs. The detail involved is at times almost exhausting, but if you want a look at the accomplishments , trials and and decades of challenges this book is for you.
Sandy Tucker
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and informative read

I really enjoyed this book. It is quite mind boggling to see everything this marvelous woman has done and seen since she became Queen and before that.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting in a lot of places. In the others, the English was Dutch to me😊
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
Took a long time, because it didn't always grab me. But I finished it! ...more
Sally N. Inglis
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting

Amazing to consider the length of the Queen’s reign and all that she has seen, observed and participated in. God Save The Queen!
We shelve this in Biography, and yet, this is not a biography in the true sense of the word. Rather, it is a history of the monarchy and how it and the members of Elizabeth's Court have evolved since she became Queen.

A couple of chapters in this book were extremely interesting. I loved reading about "Her People" -- the men and women who work in this "corporation" to ensure that everything works and runs the way it's supposed to. The people who work for the Monarchy -- the Chefs, Footmen, Maids,
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, you can see that it took me about two years to read this book, because I only read it on my Kindle when I was using the elliptical or stationary bike at the gym. Now you know how often I've been to the gym in the past two years.
Having lived in England for two years, including at the time of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, I'm a fan, and I enjoyed learning all about the official lives of Elizabeth and the royal family. This book focuses on tons of details, both historical and contemporary. For
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
She is 60 years on the job, so it is interesting to read an (almost) insider's description of how The Queen does her job, and how the strangely flexible unwritten British Constitution works with hereditary monarchy as its Head of State rather than an elected presidency. Fascinating, lots of interesting tidbits about HM and the Royal family, and not the usual trashy gossip from the Fleet street tabloids. Stories are interspered with interview snippets from her nearest and dearest.

Still, she can't
Robbie Hadley
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I'm giving this a 4 star is just because it was hard for me to read. I mean, it was a good book, it was just hard to make myself keep reading at times. Otherwise, it's filled with great info about the monarchy that I didn't know before. It was great to find out exactly how the British monarchy works, great insight into some of the things Queen Elizabeth II does and how she does what she does. It's far from a biography of her life, but it does give you a good look at how she has s ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong defense of the Monarch as well as her relatives, it presupposes a certain amount of knowledge and familiarity with royal titles and lingo which was occasionally frustrating. I expected something more like a traditional chronological biography, but instead it's more an analysis of where things currently stand through a historic lens. ...more
Marion Yarbrough
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tedious read especially for a non-Brit

I suppose the author didn't realize how much interest there might be in the royal family in the USA. He did get across to this reader at least what a marvel this monarch is and how very good she has been for Great Britain and it's Commonwealth.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I only got to page 13, but the writing was so apallingly bad that I couldn't get any further. I'd like to know much more about Elizabeth II and the details of her reign that I am too young to remember, but I'll search for a better book on the subject. ...more
This book was good in that it outlined the role of Elizabeth II as a constitutional monarch in the here and now. However, it was a bit dry and slow going in a couple of spots. My favorite chapter in fact was the one on Prince Philip. He sounds like an interesting individual.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because my friend is a fan of all things British and I thought I'd join the club. Certainly it was enlightening, but it was also very, very long and somewhat repetitious. Not a bad book at all; it just covered way more than I needed to know. ...more
Dave Milbrandt
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author has great access to the Royal Family and it shows. While the narrative is thematically focused rather than strictly linear, the details are excellent. I also enjoyed that it was written for a British audience and the I had to work a little to keep up on the slang, which is always fun.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional Monarch

I have read several biographies of Queen Elizabeth In. This one is well written and goes far beyond the tabloid style of some royal biographies. I found the section on government and the prime ministers slow going.
Teresa R.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not your typical biography. gives a good overview/history/understanding of the British monarchy under Elizabeth.
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Robert Hardman has covered aspects of royal life for more than twenty years and is the writer of both the film and the book Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work as well as Her Majesty: The Court of Elizabeth II, also available from Pegasus Books. He writes for the Daily Mail in London.

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