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On My Bookshelf: Her Majesty

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With all the excitement over the new edition to the royal family, I've been thinking more and more about the extremely public lives that royals lead. I myself am very concerned with how to share my life on the blog in a self-conscious way and in a way that makes me comfortable, and I can't imagine not having a choice about what is and isn't made public. That's why the new book Her Majesty caught my eye. It's all about the public and private life of Queen Elizabeth, who has served her country in the public eye for over 60 years, always with an impeccable public image.

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Cecil Beaton photographing Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace, 1955.

The book tells the story of her reign through amazing photographs that depict her in all aspects of her life: as a bride, a mother, a style icon, and a queen. She is shown traveling all over the world for receptions, state functions, and parties, and the images capture her meeting all the icons of the 20th century, including Marylin Monroe, JFK, and the Beatles. It's a truly impressive look at what has been an amazing life, albeit a life with very limited privacy. Definitely take a look at the book - it's incredibly inspiring.

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Deputizing for her father, Princess Elizabeth takes the salute for the first time at Trooping of the Color, 1950.

Pick up a copy here, $95.

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Comments (3)

  • Happy Friday! Look's like a beautiful and amazing book
    A have a wonderful weekend!

  • I have completed a 500 plus page by Sally Bedell Smith titled Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch. Excellent read and getting to the public/private line which has shifted during the last 60 years...

  • As an Aussie, I always feel Queen Elizabeth is the lady of the last and present century, what a shame people don't try to be as well mannered in all ways.

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