The first major biography of Prince Charles in more than two decades, with new insights into his family and his two marriages—from the New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth the Queen.
Drawing on her extensive access to the Royal Family’s inner circle, Sally Bedell Smith delivers unprecedented insights into Prince Charles, a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet has spent his life in waiting for the ultimate role. Beginning with his lonely childhood, Smith details his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his love affairs—from the tragedy of his marriage to Diana to his eventual reunion with Camilla—as well as his relationship with the next generation of royals, including Will, Kate, Harry, and his beloved grandchildren. As this sweeping biography shows, Prince Charles is more complicated and compelling than we knew—until now.
"A sympathetic psychological study of the prince who has been working tirelessly all his life to be taken seriously." Kirkus Review
"Prince Charles or involved in his initiatives in the economic, social, and architectural fields—finds that his long days as a king-in-waiting have actually been full of projects that are important to him and which he feels contribute to the good of the country...Until his accession to the throne, Smith’s portrait will stand as the definitive study." -Booklist
"Sally Bedell Smith captures his contradictions and his convictions in this fascinating book that is not just about a man who would be king, but also about the duties that come with privilege.” -Walter Isaacson
"Sally Bedell Smith has given us a complete and compelling portrait of the man in the shadow of the throne." -Tom Brokaw
"Her Prince Charles is a delicious blend of glamour and grandeur, jealousy and rivalry, greatness and human foible." -Evan Thomas
"This great biography is an indispensable guide for anyone eager to understand Prince Charles and the British monarchy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries." -Peggy Noonan
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In this magisterial new biography, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith brings to life one of the world's most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II.
"A respectful, engrossing and perceptive portrayal" Publisher's Weekly
"This is a biography that avoids none of the difficult questions. Sally Bedell Smith asks them in a way no one else has dared."-Nancy Milford
"Elizabeth the Queen shows the woman as well as the monarch, and helps us to understand how Elizabeth has become a key figure in the history of our times."-Margaret MacMillan
"Elizabeth the Queen is an engaging, insightful, and altogether entertaining journey through the life and trials of the world's most beloved monarch. By the end of Sally Bedell Smith's winning book, I felt as if I had a new friend in Buckingham Palace."-Tom Brokaw
"A compelling, deeply human portrait of the remarkable Elizabeth II. This is a biography not to be missed."-Lynne Olson
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January 16, 2012
For 60 years, Elizabeth II has been a model of propriety and duty. Sally Bedell Smith suggests five things Kate can learn from her.
PERFECT COUPLE Philip and Elizabeth on their honeymoon, at Broadlands, the Mountbatten estate in Hampshire, November 1947. Photograph from Topical Press Agency/Getty Images; Digital colorization by Lorna Clark
It was, in 1947, that rarest of unions: a royal love match. But though the dashing Prince Philip of Greece and the 21-year-old heiress to Britain's throne were clearly besotted as they began a life and family together, trouble lay ahead as “Lilibet” became "Her Majesty" and the new Duke of Edinburgh chafed at his consort role. In Vanity Fair, Sally Bedell Smith describes the dynastic struggle that rocked Queen Elizabeth II's marriage and the difficult choices she was forced to make.
February 14, 2012
From the Lord who crafted her speeches to the dresser who told her to avoid green: meet HRH's most loyal subjects in The Telegraph.
March 2, 2012
The truth about the Queen's Corgis. They are the Queen's closest companions - so what's it really like to be a regal pooch? Royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith reveals... More »
February 22, 2012
"Sally Bedell Smith is known for her impeccable writing and journalistic integrity...This esteem and trust earned Smith the palace's help in the writing of her latest biography, Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, in which Smith uncovers Queen Elizabeth's fascinating life leading up to her Diamond Jubilee this year" More »
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February 4, 2012 Writes Victoria Ward: "Contents of Queen's handbag revealed: including £5 for church collection." The contents of the Queen's ubiquitous handbag have long been the source of much mystery and speculation. More »
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January 20, 2012
"An excellent, all-embracing new biography of Queen Elizabeth II by the superb chronicler Sally Bedell Smith comes out in time to help American readers appreciate the facts of this complex pair [Elizabeth and Prince Philip] in the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee,the 60th anniversary of her accession to the British Throne....Ms. Bedell Smith pulls fascinating details into her portrait of Elizabeth, shining a beam of light onto underlighted corners of the monarch's experience." More »
January 18, 2012
Shinan: Queen Elizabeth, more than a pretty smile More »
January 16, 2012
Royal Bride Wars: Diana Was No Kate More »
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January 13, 2012
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January 9, 2012
The British national anthem might be God Save the Queen, but according to Sally Bedell Smith's new biography, Elizabeth the Queen, the petite monarch has done a heroic job of rescuing the royal institution herself. More »
January 9, 2012
Much has been written about the British monarch, but the American author manages to mine new tidbits - with the help of the queen's family and friends. More »
January 8, 2012
A sprightly 85 and still clutching her signature handbag, Queen Elizabeth II is more popular than ever. More »