Former ITV Royal Editor Tim Ewart looks at the life and reign of the woman who has become one of the United Kingdom’s best-loved monarchs, Queen Elizabeth II.
With many unique images from the Royal Archives, this beautifully illustrated book—updated to include William and Kate’s marriage and Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle—covers everything from royal tours to state visits, day-to-day engagements to family festivities and grand occasions. It examines the remarkable events that have unfolded during the Queen’s rule, and how she maintains traditions that link the United Kingdom with a history stretching back more than a thousand years. Important reproductions include the 1939 speech that then-Princess Elizabeth broadcast to the children of the Commonwealth; the design for the Queen’s wedding dress by Sir Norman Hartnell; and an invitation to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Many Britons have never known any other monarch than Queen Elizabeth II and as she is now the longest reigning British monarch, surpassing Queen Victoria. Queen Elizabeth II: A Celebration of Her Life and Reign is beautifully designed and contains over 100 images. The information all appears to be correct but as this is not a full-length biography of the Queen, much is missing. However, it is quite fittingly an appropriate celebration of her reign, one that will hopefully last for years to come.