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By Ed West

The British royal kin has continued remarkably in a outstanding, tumultuous century from 1910-2010 while the various crown heads of Europe confronted revolution and exile. via a constitutional trouble, abdication, divorces, tragic deaths and unseemly scandals, the British royal kin has proven an intuition for survival, tapping into the heartbeat of public sentiment, making valuable changes, modernizing and reinventing itself to stay the revered, widespread and liked image of British historical past and heritage.

This ebook chronicles a century of British royalty and lines the tale a kingdom witnessed as a compelling relations saga of tragedy, fallibility and triumph like no different: the abdication of Edward VIII to be with the girl 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 demise of Princess Diana. via all of it, the dutiful commitment to crown and kingdom, unblinking stoicism, and absolute get to the bottom of of Queen Elizabeth II has guided the kingdom for 5 many years, culminating within the Diamond Jubilee celebrations the place Britain wear demonstrate the pomp and attractiveness that are the envy of the world.  The booklet 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 hassle. 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 relations, and as a longer kinfolk in its dating with its topics.

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Theirs was a love match, and unlike his father, George never had a mistress. Although he could be a frightening father, she was a loving if somewhat stern mother; when in 1901 George and Mary had gone on the first royal tour of the empire, she cried at the prospect of having to leave their three children (the youngest was just a year old). George V’s Funeral 28 January 1936 The world George V left was vastly different to the one in which he had grown up. When he was just fourteen he had been sent away to sea and crossed the Pacific Ocean (where he had a dragon tattoo done) shortly after his grandmother had assumed the title of Empress of India.

Prince Philip and the Queen in Fiji February 1977 The queen is head of state to no less than fifteen Commonwealth countries and there is no sign of the appeal of foreign visits diminishing. The year of the Silver Jubilee saw street parties at home and a foreign tour: here the royal couple is presented with a whale tooth. Of all the foreign climes where they have made their mark – she has travelled to 116 countries – Prince Philip has perhaps had the biggest impact in the south Pacific. In nearby Vanatu he is worshipped as a god by the Yaohnanen tribe.

The Queen with Ronald and Nancy Reagan 5 October 1983 During the glory days of Anglo-American relations, the two heads of state shared a passion that transcended politics – horses. Before the visit the president’s men fretted over what he should wear riding (no formal attire needed) while the British agonised about what to give the president (deciding on a carriage clock). The tiptoeing had a very serious side – Cold War tensions were at a new height and the British were keen for a show of strength against the Soviet Union.

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