Our Queen Paperback – Apr 9 2012
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Robert Hardman is one of Britain's best-known observers of the monarchy. He has covered royal life for more than twenty years, both as a Fleet Street royal correspondent and as the writer of several internationally acclaimed royal documentaries. He interviewed the Prince of Wales for his famous BBC One birthday film Charles at 60, and toured Windsor with Prince Philip for the much-loved BBC One series, The Queen's Castle. He is the writer of both the series and the book, Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work, which has been screened worldwide as well as the ITV documentary, Our Queen, which will be screened in 2013.
About the Author
ROBERT HARDMAN has been writing about the Monarchy for more than 15 years, first as royal correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and now as the author of the "How I See It" column in the Daily Mail. During a distinguished Fleet Street career, he has also been, among other things, a political sketchwriter, a diarist, a sports columnist and a restaurant critic. His royal interviews have included Prince Philip, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the King and Queen of Norway, the Queen of Denmark and the ex-King of Afghanistan. He is the writer and associate producer of the BBC1 series A Year with the Queen, which accompanies this book. He did the same for BBC1's acclaimed 2005 series, The Queen's Castle. Educated at Wellington and Cambridge, he lives in London.
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I sped through this book, it was joy to read. It was easy, very well paced. I couldnt put it down.
But the information, and the detailed research was what made it stand out. I cant help but get the feeling the author had more contact with those round his subject than he let on.
Along with Sally Bedel-Smith's book about Elizabeth II, this is one to have and hold.
I only deducted one star because I wish this book had been double the size in terms of pages than it was!
Well done Hardman!
So the other reviews of the book here say it all--well said. Instead I will regale you with a review of the documentary. I believe, as a bibliophile and historian, that a good documentary is better than a book.
OUR QUEEN (Prod./Dir. Michael Waldman, 2013, 95 minutes) is set in 2012, a bit after the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It is an all-around beautiful sort of 'catch-up' on the heels of the gorgeous 3-hour documentary hosted by Andrew Marr, Diamond Queen (see my review).
In many ways OUR QUEEN picks up where THE DIAMOND QUEEN left off--but do not expect much more behind-the-scenes if you are already a fan of such wonderful documentaries. Her Majesty sets boundaries and those are unassailable. This film does seem to dive deeper than any I have seen before, and I've seen 'em all. (For example, I loved the comments about the short film shown before the Olympics, in which the Queen starred alongside Daniel Craig.)
This film, as per usual, will irritate the viewer with its complete omission of Prince Harry, yet thankfully there is little of Camilla and Kate here. This shouts OUR QUEEN, not OUR COMMONERS. Get this: it is stunning and revelatory even to the biggest Buckingham-head. What did I love most especially? The interior/exterior shots of Balmoral, usually off-limits. Even Marr couldn't get in THERE properly!
So there it is, and I hope America isn't as dunder-headed as per usual in the delay before we get the DVD here in NTSC. After all, you English producers, Canada awaits too!