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Book categories: The Queen, Diamond Jubilee, Her Youth, Behind the Scenes, Marriage, Prince Philip, Queen's Children, Queen's Parents, Margaret, Era, Windsors, Fiction, DVDs, Children's Books

Books About the Queen

Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II by Robert Lacey. A respectful look at Her Majesty's life.

Lilibet: An Intimate Portrait of Elizabeth II by Carrolly Erickson. This biography tells the Queen's story from her point of view, showing us a small, shy woman with a sly sense of humor.

Queen Elizabeth II by Victoria Arbiter. A brief biography of the monarch who vowed to dedicate her life to service and duty on behalf of her country.

Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen by Kate Williams. How the future Queen Elizabeth II carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the 20th century.

The Queen's Speech: An Intimate Portrait of the Queen in Her Own Words by Ingrid Seward. This book uses Queen Elizabeth II's speeches to provide insight into the character of the woman.

Elizabeth: The Queen and The Crown by Sarah Gristwood. A biography of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen: The Life and Times of Elizabeth II by Catherine Ryan. A biography of one of the most famous women of modern times.

The Queen & Her Family by Halima Sadat. A short guide to the life and family of Elizabeth II.

The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II by Karen Dolby. A collection of some of the Queen's witty, sarcastic, and humorous observations.

Fashion and Style

Elizabeth: Reigning in Style by Jane Eastoe. In the 1950s and 1960s Elizabeth II was a style icon, copied and adored. This is a detailed sartorial portrait of the Queen, featuring photographs, sketches, and mood boards.

Our Rainbow Queen by Sali Hughes. A photographic journey through Queen Elizabeth II's ten decades of color-blocked style.

Netflix's "The Crown"

The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 by Robert Lacey. The official companion to the Netflix drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Includes behind-the-scenes photos.

The Crown: Truth & Fiction by Hugo Vickers. This short book identifies a number of mistakes in the Netflix series "The Crown" and criticizes its portrayal of Prince Philip as a villain.

90th Birthday Books

Queen Elizabeth II: A Celebration of Her Majesty's 90th Birthday by Tim Ewart. An illustrated look at the Queen's life and reign, covering everything from royal tours to state visits, family festivities, and grand occasions, with many unique images from the Royal Archives.

The Queen at 90: A Royal Birthday Souvenir by Gill Knappett. A biography of Queen Elizabeth II in pictures.

Queen Elizabeth at 90: The Story of Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch by the editors of LIFE Magazine. A look at the Queen's record-setting reign, with dozens of photos.

Queen Elizabeth II: Crowns, Horses and Corgis by David Arscott. Looks at the Queen's 63 years on the throne, her personality, and the private tragedies and triumphs of her reign.

Long to Reign Over Us: Official Souvenir Album by Leah Kharibian. Contains a selection of the most famous portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, plus informal photos and pictures of jewelry, dresses, and gifts from visiting heads of state.

Photos and Portraits

Queen Elizabeth II: Portraits by Cecil Beaton by Susanna Brown, illustrated by Cecil Beaton. Explores photographer Beaton's relationship with the royal family and how his portraits shaped the monarchy's public image.

The Queen: Art and Image by Paul Moorhouse and David Cannadine. Photographs and portraits of Queen Elizabeth II by some of the most important 20th century artists. Published in association with the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family: A Glorious Illustrated History by DK Publishing. Photos and timelines illuminate the life and reign of Elizabeth II.

The Queen's People. Featuring 42 portraits by Hugo Rittson Thomas, this hand-bound limited-edition volume captures the pageantry of the modern Royal Court's intricate ceremonial dress and regalia. Includes an essay by the Garter Principal King of Arms.

Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee Biographies

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith. A biography of Queen Elizabeth II, drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents.

The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Andrew Marr. A "surprising and very personal" biography.

The Queen: A Life in Brief by Robert Lacey. Traces the Queen's life through its major stages, with first-hand insights from her friends, relatives, private secretaries and prime ministers. (Published in the UK as A Brief Life of the Queen.)

A Brief History of the Private Life of Elizabeth II by Michael Paterson. This biography discusses the places where the Queen has lived, her training, the people who influenced her, and her attitudes to significant events.

Sixty Glorious Years: Our Queen, Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubilee 1952-2012 by Victoria Murphy. A look at the Queen's life and work, with rarely seen pictures.

Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and Her Court by Robert Hardman. A biography with 16 pages of color illustrations.

Diamond Jubilee Photo Biographies

Her Majesty by Christopher Warwick. Tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II through hundreds of photographs, many previously unseen.

Elizabeth: A Celebration in Photographs of the Queen's Life and Reign by Jennie Bond. Account of the Queen's life and role as the head of state in a country and world that have changed almost beyond recognition since she inherited the throne.

Queen Elizabeth II from Ammonite Press. Almost 250 pictures taken by Press Association photographers over more than 80 years. Revised Diamond Jubilee edition.

Queen Elizabeth II: A Royal Life in Pictures by Ammonite Press. During Elizabeth's long reign, the world has witnessed sweeping changes and the queen has been one of the most photographed women in the world.

Books About Jubilee Celebrations

Dressing the Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe by Angela Kelly. Reveals the careful planning and preparation that went into the Queen's wardrobe for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. A team of dressmakers and milliners spent two years designing and creating the outfits the Queen wore during the year. The author is the dresser and personal assistant of Queen Elizabeth II.

The People's Jubilee: A Nation Celebrates by Victoria Murphy. Follows the Queen and her family at the spectacular celebrations to honor her 60 years of service to Britain and the Commonwealth. Includes hundreds of pictures.

Queen Elizabeth II and Her Church: Royal Service at Westminster Abbey by John Hall. The Dean of Westminster reflects on recent royal services at Westminster Abbey as a model of royal service.

Jubilee Souvenir & Gift Books

Jubilee! Queen Elizabeth II: 60 Years on the Throne by the editors of LIFE Magazine. Photos of the Jubilee and prior House of Windsor celebrations, including Victoria's 60th anniversary celebration, Elizabeth's wedding, Charles and Diana's wedding, and the marriage of William and Catherine.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: Diamond Jubilee Souvenir, 1952-2012 by Annie Bullen. An illustrated celebration of the Queen's 60-year reign.

1953 - The Queen's Coronation: The Official Souvenir Album by Caroline de Guitaut. An illustrated souvenir album with newly commissioned photographs of the coronation gown, the Diamond Diadem, and many other jewels and ceremonial garments from the coronation.

Her Youth

The Little Princesses by Marion Crawford. An account of the childhood of Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, Princess Margaret, written by their governess, whom the princesses affectionately called "Crawfie." The royal family are said to have ostracized Crawford for writing this book.

Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II by Jane Dismore. With previously unpublished material and unique memories from friends and relatives, this book looks in depth at Elizabeth's life as a princess.

Drina & Lilibet: Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II From Birth to Accession by Julia P. Gelardi. This book compares and contrasts the two British royals as they went from princess to queen.

Dolls for the Princesses: The Story of France and Marianne by Faith Eaton. About two dolls which were given to future queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret in 1938 as an expression of the Entente Cordiale between Great Britain and France. Eaton describes the events leading up to the presentation of the dolls, their creation, and the preparation of their wardrobes. 70 photographs and illustrations, 50 in color.

Behind the Scenes

The Queen and Mrs Thatcher: An Inconvenient Relationship by Dean Palmer. The two most powerful women in Britain disliked each other on sight. For over a decade they quietly waged war against each other, both personally and politically.

The Queen and Di: The Untold Story by Ingrid Seward. We all know they didn't get along. But was the queen really a cold and unforgiving mother-in-law? Not according to this book, which claims the queen did her best to welcome Diana into the royal family.

Step Aside for Royalty: Treasured Memories of the Royal Household by Eileen Parker. A memoir about the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's marriage, written by the wife of Prince Philip's first personal secretary. This is an abridged edition; the original version of the book (now very expensive) was published in 1982.

Her Majesty: 60 Regal Years by Brian Hoey. This biography explores the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the point of view of those who live and work with her. (Previous editions include Life With the Queen and At Home With the Queen.)

Royal Racing: The Queen and Queen Mother's Sporting Life by Sean Smith is about the abiding passion of Elizabeth II and her mother for horse racing. This illustrated account of their achievements is rich in anecdotes from key figures of the racing world.

What the Queen Said to Me by Chilli Brener. Anecdotes from people who have met and spoken to Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth's Marriage

Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage by Gyles Brandreth. The first major biography of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The author has met the principal players; he quotes no anonymous sources; he knows the Duke of Edinburgh and has interviewed him. Illustrated with Prince Philip's family photographs and pictures from the Queen's royal collection. Published 2005.

My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage by Ingrid Seward. How Queen Elizabeth's relationship with Prince Philip operates behind closed doors, and how their partnership has endured. Published in 2017.

Queen and Consort - Elizabeth and Philip: 60 Years of Marriage by Lynne Bell, Arthur Bousfield, and Garry Toffoli. An illustrated study of Queen Elizabeth II's marriage.

The Queen's Marriage by Lady Colin Campbell. Promises the inside story of Elizabeth II's relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh. Published in 2018.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II by Philip Eade. Published to coincide with Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday. As a young man, Prince Philip was self-confident, handsome, and charming; girls fell at his feet. But the prince was prone to volcanic outbursts, a legacy of his traumatic childhood.

I Know I Am Rude, But It Is Fun by Nigel Cawthorne. Stories about Prince Philip, from his fearless mocking of official ceremonies to his teasing of Her Majesty herself.

Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece by Hugo Vickers. Biography of Philip's mother. Born deaf, Princess Alice led a dramatic, often tragic life, and ended her days as a nun.

Prince Philip: A Lifetime of Wit and Wisdom by Phil Dampier and Ashley Walton. A comprehensive list of the Duke's notoriously acerbic, blunt one-liners. (Also published under the title Duke of Hazard.)

Books About Greek Royalty

Queen Elizabeth's Parents & Sister

Books About the Queen Mother and George VI
Books About Princess Margaret

Queen Elizabeth's Children & Grandchildren

The Princess Royal

Anne: The Private Princess Revealed by Brian Hoey. A look at the Princess Royal's life, the break-up of her first marriage, her second marriage, and her work. Written with the co-operation of her close personal friends and bodyguard James Beaton, who was shot during her attempted kidnapping.

Riding Through My Life by HRH The Princess Royal. Princess Anne's own account of how riding has benefited her life, from her first tiny pony through becoming European Champion in the dangerous sport of Three-Day Eventing, and representing Britain in the Olympic Games.

The Princess Royal by John Parker. A 1989 biography of Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter.

Anne: Portrait of a Princess by Judith Campbell. About the events, joys, and sorrows of childhood and life at school which formed Princess Anne's strong character. Published in 1970.

Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips: A Revealing Portrait of a World Champion by Brian Hoey. The only daughter of Princess Anne, Zara Phillips is known as a royal rebel. This book looks beyond the public image to reveal the real Zara with anecdotes and quotes from those who know her.

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex

Edward Windsor, Royal Enigma by Wendy Leigh. What is Prince Edward really like? Find out. Published in 1999.

Sophie's Kiss: The True Love Story of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones by Garth Gibbs and Sean M. Smith. The little-known details of the romance between Queen Elizabeth's youngest son and the woman he eventually married. Published in 1997.

Edward Wessex's Crown and Country: A Personal Guide to Royal London by Prince Edward. The prince takes the reader on a tour through the history of London's royal palaces. This is the companion book to the PBS series (for which scroll down to the video section).

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Elizabeth II and Her Era

Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II by A. N. Wilson. When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, many proclaimed the start of a new Elizabethan Age, but few had any inkling of the changes that would occur over the next 50 years. Here are the defining events and characters of modern Britain, from the Beatles to Princess Diana. (Third book in a trilogy; the first two books are The Victorians and After the Victorians.)

The Queen & Us: The Second Elizabethan Age by Nigel Nicolson. In 1953 the Queen ruled over a country still recovering from World War II. The royal family kept its private life private. Why has it changed since then? Is it a change for the good? Published in 2011.

Elizabeth Revealed: 500 Facts About the Queen and Her World by Lucinda Hawksley. This illustrated book highlights surprising aspects of Queen Elizabeth II's life, the good and the bad years.

Queen of the World by Robert Hardman. A new portrait of the most famous woman in the world, Queen Elizabeth II, and her place in it.

The New Elizabethan Age: Culture, Society and National Identity After World War II edited by Irene Morra and Rob Gossedge. Tthe influence of New Elizabethanism from Elizabeth II's coronation festivities to the reinterment of Richard III in 2015.

Royal Gifts by Sally Goodsir. Published to coincide with a Buckingham Palace exhibition, this book presents gifts given Queen Elizabeth II from more than one hundred countries.

The Queen in Fiction

Night of Triumph by Peter Bradshaw. On VE Night, 1945, teenage princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were allowed to leave the Palace incognito to celebrate with ordinary. This is a comedy crime thriller about the princesses' big adventure.

The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett. A humorous novella. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library, she feels duty bound to borrow a book and discovers the pleasures of the written word.

Mrs Queen Takes the Train: A Novel by William Kuhn. After Elizabeth II disguises herself and walks out of Buckingham Palace, employees set out to find her before her absence becomes a national scandal.

The Autobiography of the Queen by Emma Tennant. Faced with the loss of her beloved home, Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth II escapes alone to the Caribbean.

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson. Fictional account of embroiderers chosen to work on the wedding dress of Britain's future queen Elizabeth II.


Death at Buckingham Palace: Her Majesty Investigates by C. C. Benison. A novel in which -- yes -- Queen Elizabeth II plays detective! (Don't you wonder if the queen reads these books?)

Death at Sandringham House. Sequel to Death at Buckingham Palace

Death at Windsor Castle. Her Majesty plays sleuth again.

Film, Poetry, and Cartoons

The Queen by Peter Morgan. The screenplay for the acclaimed film about the British royal family's reaction to Princess Diana's death.

Diana, Charles, & the Queen by William Heyen. Poems about the royal family.

Her Majesty the Queen, as Seen by Mac: Cartoons from the Daily Mail. More than 120 newspaper cartoons featuring Her Majesty, from the 1970s until the present day.

Books About British Royal History
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Children's Books

The Queen by Julia Adams. Who is Queen Elizabeth II, and what does she do? How do you become a queen? For children ages 9 to 11.

Queen Elizabeth II's Britain by Jacqui Bailey. An illustrated celebration of British history under the longest-reigning monarch.

The Queen and Mr Brown: A Day for Dinosaurs by James Francis Wilkins. Children's picture book in which Queen Elizabeth II and her loveable pet corgi Mr Brown enjoy an adventure at London's Natural History Museum.

Titus Rules by Dick King-Smith, illustrated by John Eastwood. Tells the humorous (and fictional) story of one of Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Titus, and his adventures while living in the palace. For children ages 9 to 12.

Movies & Documentaries

These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.

Diamond Queen. A 2012 BBC documentary marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It features interviews with prime ministers, world leaders, and members of the royal family, and closely follows the Queen's working engagements for a year and a half.

The Queen starring Helen Mirren. Very popular 2006 movie about Queen Elizabeth II's reaction to the death of Princess Diana. Helen Mirren won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the Queen. The movie was also nominated for Best Motion Picture.

The Monarchy: Queen Elizabeth II. TV documentary.

Queen Elizabeth II: 60 Glorious Years. Documentary on VHS tape.

50 Golden Years - Queen & Prince. A 2001 documentary from the "Royal Family Collection." VHS tape.

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