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Title:
Queen of the world
ISBN:
9781643130026
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Edition:
First Pegasus books hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.

©2019
Physical Description:
xiv, 578 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Summary:
"On today's world stage, there is one leader who stands apart from the rest. Queen Elizabeth II has seen more of the planet and its people than any other head of state and has engaged with the world like no other monarch in modern history. Since her coronation, she has visited over 130 countries across the ever-changing globe, acting as diplomat, stateswoman, pioneer, and peace-broker. She has transformed her father's old empire into the Commonwealth, her 'family of nations', and has come to know its leaders better than anyone. In 2018, they would gather in her home to endorse her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, as her successor. With extensive access to the Queen's family and staff, Hardman reveals the true story full of drama, intrigue, exotic--even dangerous--situations, heroes, rogues, pomp, and glamour. And at the center of it all is the woman who has genuinely won the hearts of the world."--Page 2 of cover.
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Summary

On today's world stage, there is one leader who stands apart from the rest. Queen Elizabeth II has seen more of the planet and its people than any other head of state and has engaged with the world like no other monarch in modern history.The iconic monarch never ventured further than the Isle of Wight until the age of 20 but since then has now visited over 130 countries across the globe in the line of duty, acting as diplomat, hostess and dignitary as the world stage as changed beyond recognition. It is a story full of drama, intrigue, exotic and sometimes dangerous destinations, heroes, rogues, pomp and glamour, but at the heart of it all a woman who's won the hearts of the world.


Author Notes

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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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Having recently surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in British history, the present queen is generally accorded the distinction of being the most recognized figure in the world. To refer to this surprisingly wide-ranging, complete appraisal of Her Majesty and her significant role and function in not only British society but also in the world order as a "biography" is to employ a label too restrictive and, frankly, off the mark. From the outset, royals expert Hardman, who has exceptional access to Queen Elizabeth II and her family, stresses the uniqueness of the monarch. The queen has made it her goal, in her quiet but steady and determined fashion, to redefine the "role of Britain and the monarchy itself in a post-imperial world of equals." Hardman insightfully addresses her royal tours, state visits of foreign leaders to London, her leadership in the evolution of her position as head of the Commonwealth, her participation in the special relationship with the U.S., and the role of the royal yacht, Britannia, in spreading the goodwill of the queen globally. Hardman also contrasts the character and personality of the queen and her son, the Prince of Wales. Throughout, Hardman's analysis is discerning, knowledgeable, and fascinating.--Brad Hooper Copyright 2018 Booklist


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 On Tourp. 19
Chapter 2 Welcoming the Worldp. 66
Chapter 3 Setting Sailp. 105
Chapter 4 Head of the Commonwealthp. 138
Chapter 5 The Realmsp. 181
Chapter 6 The Special Relationshipp. 237
Chapter 7 Europep. 273
Chapter 8 African Queenp. 307
Chapter 9 The Yachtp. 341
Chapter 10 Elizabeth, Margaret and Nelsonp. 374
Chapter 11 Breaking the Icep. 423
Chapter 12 The Prince of Walesp. 464
Chapter 13 The Familyp. 507
Appendixp. 534
Sources and Bibliographyp. 547
Picture Permissionsp. 553
Indexp. 556