Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Author Robert Hardman, known for his companion book to the excellent 2007 BBC documentary Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work, has written a new comprehensive book on Queen Elizabeth II, Our Queen, which promises to be one of the most insightful and revealing portraits of the most famous woman in the world ever published. To whet royalists' appetite, the book is being serialised in the Daily Mail. In Part I, Prince William expresses his admiration for his grandmother in a wide-ranging interview. In Part II, Mr Hardman sheds light on the Queen's character and how she copes with the challenges of her unique role. Part III discusses the saga of the royal yacht Britannia and the Queen's relationships with her Prime Ministers. Part IV examines changes in the operations of the royal household during the present reign, and the serialisation concludes with a variety of anecdotes including how the late Queen Mother deliberately timed a hip operation to take attention away from her late granddaugher-in-law's 1995 Panorama interview.