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    DescriptionThis is the story of how Elizabeth became Queen. We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet, for much of her early life, the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold. She was our accidental Queen. As a young girl, Elizabeth was among the guests in Westminster Abbey watching her father being crowned, making her the only monarch to have attended a parent's coronation. Kate Williams explores the sheltered upbringing of the young princess, with a gentle father and domineering mother, her complicated relationship with her sister, Princess Margaret, and her dependence on her nanny, Marion 'Crawfie' Crawford. She details the profound and devastating impact of the abdication crisis, when, at the impressionable age of eleven, Elizabeth found her position changed overnight: no longer a minor princess she was now heiress to the throne. Elizabeth's determination to share in the struggles of her people marked her out from a young age. Her father initially refused to let her volunteer as a nurse during the Blitz, but relented when she was eighteen and allowed her to work as a mechanic and truck driver for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. It was her forward-thinking approach that ensured that her coronation was televised, against the advice of politicians at the time. Kate Williams reveals how the 25-year-old young Queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the twentieth century. Her monarchy would be a very different one to that of her parents and grandparents. And its continuing popularity in the twenty-first century owes much to the intelligence and elusive personality of this remarkable woman.


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    Title
    Young Elizabeth the Making of Our Queen
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kate Williams
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780297867814
    ISBN 10: 0297867814
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.3
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: BGR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, HIS037070, BIO014000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 1DBK
    DC23: 941.085092
    Thema V1.0: DNBR, NHD
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU
    Illustrations note
    12 illustrations
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    Publication date
    10 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Kate Williams is one of Britain's brightest young historians, acclaimed for her biographies of Emma Hamilton and the young Victoria.
    Review quote
    Rich with princess anecdotes... Williams's book weaves the Second World War, vast social change and the royal upheaval of abdication and celebration of coronation into energised, nostalgic storytelling