Elizabeth the Queen

The Woman Behind the Throne

Sally Bedell Smith

An intimate portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, from the moment a young Princess Elizabeth discovered her destiny to becoming our longest-serving monarch nine decades later.

This definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth II is the first all-round, up-close picture of one of the most fascinating, enigmatic and admired women in the world.

With exclusive access to the Queen's personal letters, close friends and associates, this intimate biography is a treasure trove of fresh insights on her public persona and her private life.

Here we see Queen Elizabeth going about her daily duties, preparing for formal occasions, playing with her children at the Palace, crawling on her stomach to stalk deer, donning yellow Marigolds to wash up after Balmoral cookouts, and even changing a car wheel.

Here we, at last, get to meet the leader, strategist, and diplomat; the daughter, wife, mother and grandmother - Elizabeth the Queen.

  • Penguin
  • Published 2nd February 2012
  • 688 Pages