Synopses & Reviews
Peace and war, triumph and disaster, joy and sadness-- the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has encompassed them all. This sumptuously illustrated book takes you on a journey through the fifty years of her reign, from the stage-managed opulence of the coronation to the informalities of everyday life.
Photographer Tim Graham has specialized in royal subjects over many years and gained unprecedented access to events, capturing both the public pomp and the preparations that go on behind the scenes. Thus we see red carpets being swept, state carriages undergoing repairs, robes being laid out, and rehearsals taking place to create the colorful occasions that are the hallmark of the British monarchy.
The half century from 1952 to 2002 has been a time of turbulence and change for the whole world, and, like all of us, the Queen has had to endure good times and bad: five wars, ten prime ministers, three poet laureates, numerous weddings, six grandchildren, several divorces, and more banquets than she can remember.
Since the day she declared to the nation, 'My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service,' the Queen has applied herself to duty with diligence, loyalty, and discretion. In return, she is held in great affection and esteem around the world, and this beautiful book celebrates her remarkable fifty-year reign.
This is a complete, beautifully photographed photographic history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from her coronation in 1952 to the Golden Jubilee this year. The photographs feature both the public pomp and circumstance and the elaborate preparations that go on behind the scenes. We see red carpets being swept, state carriages undergoing repairs, robes being laid out and rehearsals taking place to create the colorful occasions that are the hallmark of the British monarchy.
About the Author
has specialized in photographing the British Royal Family for over thirty years, capturing them informally at home, on duty overseas, and at the regular events that mark the royal year. Regard for his work has led to special commissions within the Royal Family and given him unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes preparations for royal events. Tim brings a unique eye to his photographs, which has been amply demonstrated in his best-selling books-- In Private, In Public: The Prince and Princess of Wales
and Diana, Princess of Wales: A Tribute
Patricia Burgess is a writer and editor, who has contributed to many books, magazines, and reference works, including The World Almanac, The Annual Obituary, and Times Past.