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Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
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Jan 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from January 26 to 30, 2012

In this unofficial biography of Queen Elizabeth II (apparently there will not be an official biography until her passing), we get to see Her Majesty from the very beginning, the day her father became King of England when his brother abdicated the throne. We follow her through the death of her father, her promotion to Queen, her Silver Jubilee, all the family scandals (by far, my favorite part), her Golden Jubilee, the recent royal wedding and preparations for her Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne). I have to admit, it was a fascinating story, although there was not nearly enough scandal for me (of course, I was expecting something more like The Other Boleyn Girl, which I know isn't exactly true... but I was kind of hoping for more betrayal). It's interesting to see what the Queen actually does (I must admit, I never really knew) and interesting to see her role in the political side of the country as well. Definitely worth a read, just don't expect a lot of scandals (even the Princess Di-Prince Charles scandal was kind of glazed over).

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