Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother : The Official Biography
by William Shawcross
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Written with full access to the Queen Mother’s personal letters and diaries, William Shawcross’s fascinating biography is truly definitive account of this remarkable woman, whose life spanned the middle of the twentieth centuryElizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon, the younger daughter of the Earl of Strathmore, was born on August 4, 1900.Based on his private correspondence and other unpublished correspondence from the Royal Archives, William Shawcross vividly reveals the girlish spirit that makes Glamis convalescing soldiers love herself in World War I; the young insured of the Duchess of York; the Queen, finally the feeling of being able to look the End East in the face at the height of Lightning; the Queen Mother, the representative of the nation at home and abroad throughout her widowhood”This splendid biograpy captures something of the warm glow she brought to every event and encounterIt also reveals a deeper and more interesting character, forged by common sense, love of country, duty, humour and the instinct of what is rightIt’s a wonderful book, authority, frank and entertaining ” Daily Telegraph
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