The Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and Her People From Coronation to Diamond Jubilee by Andrew Marr

by |October 27, 2011

Her Majesty

Her majesty’s a pretty nice girl
but she doesn’t have a lot to say.
Her majesty’s a pretty nice girl
but she changes from day to day.

I wanna tell her that I love her a lot,
but I gotta get a belly full of wine.
Her majesty’s a pretty nice girl,
someday I’m gonna make her mine.

Oh yeah, someday I’m gonna make her mine.

The Beatles.

New book expands on the tireless work done by earlier biographers, The Beatles.

Published alongside a flagship BBC television series to mark her Diamond Jubilee, this book is an account of The Queen’s reign.

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.

About The Author

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. He lives in London with his family.

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