The Queen

The Queen

50 Years - A Celebration

Book - 2001
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The years since Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952 have been well chronicled, coinciding as they do with the second half of the 20th century. Throughout these years, as statesmen and politicians have come and gone, the Queen has remained a constant figure of stability and reassurance. Taking her reign year by year, The Queen records how Elizabeth has so brilliantly managed to combine the roles of wife, mother, and grandmother with those of Head of State and Head of the Commonwealth. Her growing family, the Royal tours, the changing world around her are all superbly recorded here in words and photographs. Ronald Allison was the BBC’s Court Correspondent when, in 1973, he became Press Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen. He remained at Buckingham Palace until 1978, and he has since broadcast and written regularly on the monarchy and the royal family.


Blackwell North Amer
The years since Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952 have been well chronicled, coinciding as they do almost exactly with the second half of the twentieth century. During a period of such dramatic change in almost every aspect of life in Britain and the Commonwealth - economic, social, material, technical, spiritual, medical and political - and when so many influences have affected just about everything, from what people eat to what they watch on television, very few constraints or certainties have remained. Even the weather in Britain can no longer be relied upon to be inconsistent - in the winter of 2000-2001 it just rained!
Throughout these years, as statesmen and politicians have come and gone, the Queen has remained a constant figure of stability and reassurance, as committed now to her Coronation vows as when she made them in 1953. The monarchy, too, has remained at the centre of life in the United Kingdom, not entirely unscathed, not altogether unchanged, but nevertheless still the focal point of national life.
Taking the reign year by year, The Queen records how Elizabeth has managed to combine the roles of wife, mother and grandmother with those of Head of State and Head of the Commonwealth. It is true she does not have an executive role - she reigns but she does not rule - but the duties and demands on her time are onerous and it has been as well that Prince Philip has been another constant factor in her life over the many years of her reign - the proverbial tower of strength and support. Her family, too, has always given the Queen undivided loyalty, even when some of the younger members were making headlines for the wrong reasons.
At home and abroad, in the good times as well as the less good, the Queen has never done less than her duty. In words and pictures and with extracts from her Christmas broadcasts, The Queen celebrates the remarkable reign of a remarkable woman.

Publisher: London : HarperCollinsIllustrated, 2001
ISBN: 9780004140780
0004140788
Characteristics: 192 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 29 cm

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