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Our Queen [Paperback]

Robert Hardman
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Book Description

April 9 2012

The inside story of a thoroughly modern monarch. This bestselling acclaimed biography of our Queen contains new material exclusive to the paperback edition.
History has known no monarch like her. She has travelled farther than all her predecessors put together and lived longer than any of them. She has known more historic figures than anyone alive -- from Churchill to Mandela, de Gaulle to Obama.
Now, the distinguished royal writer Robert Hardman has been granted rare and privileged access to the world of Queen Elizabeth II to produce this enthralling new portrait of one of the most popular public figures on Earth.
"So much has changed around the Queen yet she has remained utterly true to herself," says Hardman. "There is this timeless quality about her. The more you talk to Her Majesty's family and to her people, the more you look at her life, the more impressive the scale of her achievement becomes."
Here is the inside story.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I will read it again Nov. 25 2013
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I found it very informative, well written & easy to read. One I will recommend. I plan to check out more of Hardman's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic March 1 2014
By Gwennie
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The best book so far on HRH. I havre been glued to every page since I started to read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Our Queen by Robert Hardman Feb. 29 2012
By Willia, Henry Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an interesting look at more of the current role & position of HM Queen Elizabeth II. There are insights & even quotes from members of her family, including Prince William, that are unique. It is an easy yet informative read, and a high level of accuracy. The Queen comes alive and with deserved admiration for her 60 years on the British throne.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Joy to read and thoruoguhly informative Jan. 25 2012
By The Squire - Published on Amazon.com
I was bewildered to read it took one of the reviewers on this site "months to read it" when referring to the book.

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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A companion to the documentary (which is unreleased-in-U.S.)? Aug. 7 2014
By E. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
OUR QUEEN looks good enough to me--but I am confused as I know very well the documentary of the same title, as yet unreleased in America on DVD. It is available in PAL format from the UK.

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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and informative May 4 2013
By Booklover - Published on Amazon.com
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Not another biography of the Queen, but a book which gives an outline of her daily routine, the protocol for state visits, etc. Excellent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comment on "Our Queen" April 3 2013
By EJP - Published on Amazon.com
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As a life-long admirer of HM the Queen, I am always eager to survey new books about her. This book offers some fresh perspective on her life and reign today, vs. dwelling on her childhood, marriage, coronation, and early events of her reign. Those topics have been abundantly chronicled in many other books. I understand that "Our Queen" is the source of a 2-hour BBC TV documentary, which I hope will be shown soon in the U.S.
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