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  • Published: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407088082
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

Our Queen

Inside the world of Elizabeth II

History has known no monarch like her. She has travelled farther than all her predecessors put together and lived longer than any of them. She has known more historic figures than anyone alive – from Churchill to Mandela, de Gaulle to Obama. Now, the distinguished royal writer Robert Hardman has been granted rare and privileged access to the world of Queen Elizabeth II to produce this enthralling new portrait of one of the most popular public figures on Earth.

Only one other monarch – Victoria – has celebrated a diamond jubilee. As our Queen marks sixty years on the throne, Hardman travels with her around the country and the world. He meets her family, her closest advisers and her prime ministers past and present. He follows the devoted team around her, from her Lord Chamberlain to her footmen.

Not only has Elizabeth II reigned through Britain’s transformation from an imperial power to a multicultural, multimedia nation, but she has steered the Monarchy through more reforms in the last 25 years than in the previous century. As Hardman discovers, she has quietly rewritten the entire royal job description – without us even noticing.

Staff who would once have lived an existence straight out of Upstairs Downstairs or Downton Abbey now have free use of the Queen’s swimming pool, a round-the-clock counsellor and even her ponies. It’s a close-knit world. And Hardman finds out what happens to those who cross her – even if they happen to be monarchs themselves...

Our Queen sits at the head of an ancient institution which remains simultaneously popular, regal, inclusive and relevant in a twenty-first-century world. It is neither down to luck nor longevity. It is down to the shrewd judgement of a thoroughly modern monarch with no small assistance from the longest-serving consort in history.

Here is the inside story.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407088082
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the Author

Robert Hardman

Robert Hardman is one of the foremost observers of the modern British royal scene, and the bestselling author of Our Queen. He has covered all aspects of the Monarchy for British newspapers, television and radio over more than 25 years and has interviewed many members of the Royal Family for his books and for a series of internationally-acclaimed films. These include Our Queen at Ninety (ITV 2016), Our Queen (ITV 2013), Charles at 60 (BBC One 2008), Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work (BBC One 2007) and The Queen’s Castle (BBC One 2005).

As a newspaper journalist and columnist, Robert has also covered more than 60 royal tours worldwide. In addition to the British Royal Family, his royal interviewees have included the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the King and Queen of Norway and the Queen of Denmark. He now writes the acclaimed How I See It column for the Daily Mail. Married with three children, he lives in London.

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Praise for Our Queen

“The most important royal book for years”

Daily Mail

“A gripping authoritative tour de force”

Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of JERUSALEM

“Abounds with insights.”

Mail on Sunday

“Richly detailed”


“Superbly well informed, witty and wise.”

Evening Standard

“This being the year of the Queen’s Jubilee, we should expect an avalanche of books celebrating every aspect of her life and reign, but I shall be very surprised if any turns out to be more revealing and engaging than this thoughtful study by the veteran Royal watcher Robert Hardman”

Mail on Sunday

“Delectable biography”


“Hardman’s Our Queen is the closest thing to an official jubilee portrait. It is thoroughly researched.”

Times Literary Supplement

“[A] superb book.”

Sunday Telegraph

“Simply magnificent. This gripping, fascinating and authoritative tour de force - covering the Queen herself, the power and the celebrity of Britain's royalty with equal panache - gleams with a unique combination of insider anecdotes, deep knowledge, personal experience and superb storytelling by Britain's outstanding royal observer.”

Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of JERUSALEM

“At long last we have the definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II's world today. Robert Hardman knows the true story and tells it superbly.”

Andrew Roberts

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