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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gyles Brandreth Narrator: Gyles Brandreth Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the first biography of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh - both royal, both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria, but, in temperament and upbringing, two very different people. The Queen's childhood loved and secure, the Duke's was turbulent: his grandfather assassinated, his father arrested, his family exiled, his parents separated when he was only ten. Elizabeth and Philip met as cousins in the 1930s. They married in 1947, aged 21 and 26. A little more than four years later, they were Queen and consort. For almost 60 years theirs have been among the most famous faces in the world - yet the personalities behind the image remain elusive and the nature of their marriage is an enigma. 'Philip & Elizabeth' tells the extraordinary story of these two contrasting lives, assesses their achievement, together and apart, and explores the nature of their relationships, with one another and with their children. Here is a unique royal biography: the author has met all the principal players in the story; he quotes no anonymous sources; he has had privileged access to the Queen; he has known the Duke of Edinburgh over 25 years and has interviewed him. This is a powerful and revealing portrait of a remarkable partnership, told with authority and unique insight, and illustrated with Prince Philip's family photographs and pictures from the Queen's royal collection.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jen | 5/28/2012

    " The author admits his bias but it's hard to get a full picture. Nonetheless, it's a loving portrait of some people who would be down to earth if they weren't the Queen and Consort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marita | 6/1/2011

    " Awesome. Very insightful, I loved the way this one is written. I should check out some of his other work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patty | 8/2/2010

    " The Queen and consort's lives from childhood to now. Lots of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Theresa | 8/30/2008

    " The author traces the family background of both Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip, discusses their family, examines Prince Philip's reputation as a playboy (very likely undeserved). Very readable. "

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About the Author
Author Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth is a prominent BBC broadcaster, theater producer, novelist, and biographer. He has written bestselling biographies of Britain’s royal family and an acclaimed diary of his years as a Member of Parliament. He lives in London with his family.