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By Ed West

ISBN-10: 074781273X

ISBN-13: 9780747812739

The British royal relatives has persisted remarkably in a outstanding, tumultuous century from 1910-2010 whilst the various crown heads of Europe confronted revolution and exile. via a constitutional difficulty, abdication, divorces, tragic deaths and unseemly scandals, the British royal relations has proven an intuition for survival, tapping into the heartbeat of public sentiment, making helpful alterations, modernizing and reinventing itself to stay the revered, well-liked and liked image of British background and heritage.

This e-book chronicles a century of British royalty and lines the tale a country witnessed as a compelling kin saga of tragedy, fallibility and triumph like no different: the abdication of Edward VIII to be with the lady he enjoyed, Mrs. Wallis Simpson; the now-commonplace royal infidelities and divorces and the general public backlash and eventual restoration of public sympathy for Queen Elizabeth II following the loss of life of Princess Diana. via all of it, the dutiful commitment to crown and kingdom, unblinking stoicism, and absolute unravel of Queen Elizabeth II has guided the kingdom for 5 many years, culminating within the Diamond Jubilee celebrations the place Britain wear reveal the pomp and attractiveness that are the envy of the world.  The e-book additionally uniquely captures the streetview of the way the folks answered to information of and from the royals from spontaneous celebrations in pubs to a meeting round radios and televisions in occasions of difficulty. This assortment takes you into the instant because it occurred and is the main in detail revealing photographic research of the British monarchy as a family members, and as a longer family members in its courting with its matters.

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As the queen is rather more of a horse-racing fan, other sporting events have been left to other members of the royal family, such as the Duchess of Kent, who until the late 2000s presented Wimbledon tennis championship medals, and famously consoled the defeated, crying Jana Novotna in 1993 with a maternal arm around the shoulder (they remained good friends afterwards). The Aberfan Disaster 29 October 1966 The queen and Prince Philip looked visibly shocked as they visited the small Welsh village of Aberfan just eight days after the most horrific tragedy of modern British history.

Just a year before this, King George V visited his cousin Wilhelm in Berlin and was photographed with him, wearing the uniform of the Prussian Food Guards. George V was an honorary officer in the German regiment, much to the disgust of his Danish mother Queen Alexandra, who was still resentful about her country’s 1864 war with Prussia (the Second Schleswig War, famously the most obscure conflict in history, understood by ‘only three people, one of them mad’). Kaiser Wilhelm, the son of Queen Victoria’s eldest child Vicky, had a difficult relationship with Britain, and an inferiority complex.

Edward was introduced to Wallis Simpson, already divorced and re-married, through his mistress, Thelma Furness, in 1931. Special Branch operatives described him as being ‘under her thumb’, and ministers were also reluctant to send confidential papers to the king, as he took little interest and they were concerned that Simpson might see them. In August the king and Wallis went away on a cruise, and by October it was clear that he intended to marry her. Public opinion was divided, but the consensus in the establishment was that marriage to the American socialite could not be countenanced.

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