9 Books To Commemorate The Epic Reign Of Queen Elizabeth II

The world is grieving the loss of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. As Britain’s longest ruling monarch, we’re honoring her life today through these 9 reads.

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On September 8th, the world was wracked with sadness and disbelief at the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. At 96 years old, Queen Elizabeth II ruled for seven decades, making her Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. As the world grieves and England enters a period of immense change, we’re honoring the Queen the best way we know how.

The Queen: The Life and Times of Elizabeth II

Catherine Ryan

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The Queen is a book full of images and histories of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the House of Windsor. Over her seventy-year reign, Elizabeth II became an iconic figure in Great Britain. However, she was not without her faults (yes, we’re referring to Princess Diana and Prince Charles). Elizabeth’s reign was something unprecedented, and we aren’t sure if a monarch will rule this long in the future. The Queen is a captivating biography of Elizabeth’s life, and we can’t think of a better way to commemorate her.

Queen Elizabeth II: Portraits by Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton & Susanna Brown

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Cecil Beaton was the photographer that helped shape the monarchy’s image from the 1930s to late 1960s. In other words, Cecil was privy to the end of George VI’s reign and the beginning of Elizabeth’s. Public perception is everything when you’re in a position of power, and your photographer definitely has an impact on how you’re received. Queen Elizabeth II is giving a modern audience a look into Elizabeth at the start of her reign.

The Little Princesses: The Story of the Queen’s Childhood by Her Nanny, Marion Crawford

Marion Crawford & Jennie Bond (Introduction)

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We know quite a bit about Elizabeth II during her time on the throne. However, it’s always interesting to learn about people’s upbringing. Especially considering how much we know that our childhood affects how we think and act as adults. In The Little Princesses, the primary nanny of Elizabeth II, Marion Crawford, recounts her experiences as the governess of princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

The Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and Her People

Andrew Marr

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Published in 2012, Andrew’s The Diamond Queen covers the first six decades of Queen Elizabeth II’s rule. Much like The Little Princesses, Andrew is concerned with the influences of Elizabeth. I wasn’t lying when I said people care about the upbringing and why people do what they do. If that interests you, then you should definitely check out Andrew’s book!

The Last Queen: Elizabeth II’s Seventy Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor

Clive Irving

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The Last Queen is an unconventional biography that doesn’t make out to glorify Elizabeth II’s rule. Instead, it faces the reality of the House of Windsor, confronting the real struggles of running a country and questioning the longevity of the British monarchy. And it’s analyzed through the critical eye of an investigative reporter who is present and involved on a highly personal level.

Our Rainbow Queen: A Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and Her Colorful Wardrobe

Sali Hughes

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I mean, does this need any more explanation than just how iconic Elizabeth was? This is another photo set of the late Queen. Our Rainbow Queen is a must-have collection that celebrates the iconic fashion statements of the UK’s longest reigning and most vibrant monarch. This is a joyful celebration of the Queen’s life, as well as her personal style and political mastery.

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

Sally Bedell Smith

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Elizabeth the Queen draws on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents; acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.

The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe

Angela Kelly

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The Other Side of the Coin documents the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and the woman who’s worked as her Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser for more than two decades. Readers get a closer glimpse into the demands of her job in this book, characterized by the humor and hard work of both women.

Queen of Our Times: The Life of Queen Elizabeth II

Robert Hardman

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Hardman distills Elizabeth’s complex life into a must-read study of dynastic survival and renewal. Queen of Our Times is a portrait of a world leader who remains as intriguing today as the day she came to the Throne at age of twenty-five. There will be no more readable, more original book on the record-breaking Elizabeth II as she reaches a landmark that, surely, can never be equaled.

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II.

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