Elizabeth Mary Alexandra Windsor is one of the world's most unknown monarchs, and also one of the most intriguing: a very British combination of wit, practical intelligence, reserve and a sly sense of humor. She has managed to embrace a strong sense of duty with the ability to embrace change and, yet, to still attract admirers. Longevity is not her only attruibute, and this beautuflly written book is a careful blend of the history of the monarchy under the Saxe-Coburg-Gothas,since Victoria, and the honesty is a reflection both of current times, and Elizabeth's own desire for closure, as witnessed by Sir Kenneth Rose's revelation -at long last - that her grandfather George V's campaign to discredit Tsar Nicholas, and his wife Tsarina Alexandra, forced the British government to turn down the Russian government's request for asylum in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution, and resulted in their murder in a Siberian basement, along with their children, including the heir, the hemophiliac son Alexei. She wrote on Rose's manuscript, "Let him publish," thus ending years of official denial. And, as she would say, it "closes the circle," much like her historic visit to Northern Ireland. Courage, in spades.
The book also reveals, much like her father, how she grew into a strong monarch, and her wisdom, which gives both tradtion, and understanding, to a delicate role: that of being a constitutional monarch. She has learned much after the sad divorces of nearly all of her children, but thanks to Diana's careful rearing of William, now the darling of his Gran, assures the British throne of enduring well beyond the 21st century. God Save the Queen!
Very interesting book.
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