Queen Elizabeth II is the most experienced figure in British public life. The most famous woman in the world, she is also the most private. The Queen has earned widespread respect and admiration as one of the most remarkable people of our time. How she has always put country and Commonwealth before family and personal happiness is the central theme of this book. Now, in her fiftieth year on the throne, Brian Hoey takes a searching look at the ups and downs of Her Majesty's long reign. He has had unrivalled access to past and present members of the royal staff and household for over 20 years, and has talked to many ex-Heads of State, statesmen, politicians and personal friends of the Queen.
Brian Hoey has been a writer and broadcaster for over thirty years. He is Princess Anne's biographer, author of Monarchy (BBC Books), Invitation to the Palace: How the Royal Family Entertain (Grafton), All the Queen's Men (HarperCollins), a biography of Lord Mountbatten (Macmillan), and HerMajesty (HarperCollins).