This lavish tribute to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, produced in partnership with the BBC, celebrates her incredible life and legacy in more than 240 photos--including some never-before-seen images. The longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II was at the heart of British life for almost a century. She led a very public life, seen by millions through photographs, film, and television--from the time of her birth in 1926 to the final years of her reign. The embodiment of Britain, she was a constant, knowledgeable presence in British politics and culture since she came to the throne in 1952, through seven decades of change. This book celebrates the life of Queen Elizabeth II through photographs and stills, drawn largely from the archives of the BBC, the UK's national broadcaster, and an organization that received its royal charter only one year after she was born. From the Queen's earliest days and first moments of public life to her Diamond Jubilee and the weddings of her children and grandchildren--and a special section of photographs from the ceremonies surrounding her funeral and poignant images celebrating her legacy--this is a wonderful homage to the most public of monarchs, an iconic figure in the hearts and minds of millions throughout the world.
About the Author
David Souden is a distinguished writer in heritage and royal publishing, with a range of publications, television and radio programs, and public presentations to his name. Formerly Head of Exhibitions at the British Museum and Head of Access & Learning at Historic Royal Palaces, he is the principal author of The Royal Palaces of London.