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Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

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In this magisterial new biography, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith brings to life one of the world's most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II. From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world's most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace. In Elizabeth the Queen, we meet the young girl who suddenly becomes heiress presumptive when her uncle abdicates the throne. We meet the thirteen-year-old Lilibet as she falls in love with a young navy cadet named Philip and becomes determined to marry him, even though her parents prefer wealthier English aristocrats. We see the teenage Lilibet repairing army trucks during World War II and standing with Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on V-E Day. We see the young Queen struggling to balance the demands of her job with her role as the mother of two young children. Sally Bedell Smith brings us inside the palace doors and into the Queen's daily routines the red boxes of documents she reviews each day, the weekly meetings she has had with twelve prime ministers, her physically demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press as well as her personal relationships: with Prince Philip, her husband of sixty-four years and the love of her life; her children and their often-disastrous marriages; her grandchildren and friends. Compulsively readable and scrupulously researched, Elizabeth the Queen is a close-up view of a woman we've known only from a distance, illuminating the lively personality, sense of humor, and canny intelligence with which she meets the most demanding work and family obligations. It is also a fascinating window into life at the center of the last great monarchy.



  • While it's evident that this book presents a highly positive portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, I must admit that I found it to be quite educational and captivating. Additionally, the narrator did an admirable job bringing the story to life. It's definitely worth using a credit for.
  • Overall, I really enjoyed this audiobook, although the British accent of the narrator was a bit difficult for me to adjust to, since I'm American and not accustomed to that way of speaking. The story starts from Queen Elizabeth's birth and provides a comprehensive background that contributed to the development of her reign. The only thing that bothered me was that the book seemed to go to great lengths to portray certain members of the Royal Family in a more positive light than they deserved, while showing others in a less favorable manner. However, I understand that this bias is to be expected. Despite that, I genuinely liked the book and would definitely recommend it to others.