The Diamond Queen

The Diamond Queen : Elizabeth II and Her People

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With the flair for narrative and the meticulous research that readers have come to expect, Andrew Marr turns his attention to the monarch - and to the monarchy, chronicling the Queen's pivotal role at the centre of the state, which is largely hidden from the public gaze, and making a strong case for the institution itself.

Arranged thematically, rather than chronologically, Marr dissects the Queen's political relationships, crucially those with her Prime Ministers; he examines her role as Head of the Commonwealth, and her deep commitment to that Commonwealth of nations; he looks at the drastic changes in the media since her accession in 1952 and how the monarchy - and the monarch - have had to change and adapt as a result. Indeed he argues that under her watchful eye, the monarchy has been thoroughly modernized and made as fit for purpose in the twenty-first century as it was when she came to the throne and a `new Elizabethan age' was ushered in.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 31mm | 1,043g
  • Macmillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1447201973
  • 9781447201977
  • 419,071

Table of contents

Acknowledgements - i: Preface and Acknowledgements
Section - ii: What the Queen Does

Unit - Part One: Dynasty is Destiny: How the British Monarchy Remade Itself
Unit - Part Two: Lilibet

Section - iii: Interlude - The Queen in the World

Unit - Part Three: The Queen at Work

Section - iv: Interlude - Britannia and the Waves

Unit - Part Four: Off With Her Head! The Queen in the Sixties

Section - v: Interlude - Money

Unit - Part Five: Into the Maelstrom

Section - vi: The Future
Section - vii: Notes
Section - viii: Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements - ix: Picture Acknowledgments
Index - x: Index
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About Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC's Political Editor. He has written and presented TV documentaries on history, science and politics, and presents the weekly Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and Start the Week on Radio 4. Andrew lives in London with his family.
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