Reading the Royals: Top Ten Biographies of the British Royal Family
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The ten royal biographies to delve into after the excitement of Coronation Day wears off.
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern MonarchSally Bedell Smith
This fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the life of Elizabeth II was written by a royals expert and Vanity Fair contributor who had special access to the queen and her family.
Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable LifeSally Bedell Smith
Even before taking the throne, King Charles has been an endless source of fascination. Smith follows him from his glamorous palaces to his country homes to his globe-trotting travels to allow readers to get a peek at his life during the decades leading up to his coronation.
Henry VIII: The King and His CourtAlison Weir
A detailed and gripping portrait of the infamous Tudor king and the court he presided over, full of intrigue, drama, and political maneuvering. Wolf Hall fans can't miss this one.
Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an EmpireJulia Baird
A vividly written biography that takes readers into the life of the queen who ruled an empire with grace, power, and humanity. With endorsements from celebrities such as Tina Brown, this book is a go-to for those still holding out for more seasons of Victoria on PBS.
SparePrince Harry the Duke of Sussex
Prince Harry's explosive memoir exposes incredibly intimate details about his relationship with the royal family and his battles with the press. The BBC called it: "part confession, part rant and part love letter. In places it feels like the longest angry drunk text ever sent."
George III: A Personal HistoryChristopher Hibbert
Hibbert paints a personal portrait of George III, delving into his private life, his relationships, his interest in arts and sciences, and his struggle with mental illness, which historically earned him the nickname "Mad King George."
Diana: Her True Story--In Her Own WordsAndrew Morton
Written with her cooperation before her death, this biography shares unfiltered details of Diana's unhappy marriage and her life inside the House of Windsor. This revised edition reveals new insights from the secret tapes of the biographer's conversations with her.
The Little Princesses: The Story of the Queen's Childhood by Her Nanny, Marion CrawfordMarion Crawford
"Crawfie", as she was known to young Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, was a close confidante and nanny of the royal family. Though at the time of publication she was demonized by the press, these "nanny diares" are a tender look at the princesses' childhood.
The Queen Mother: The Official BiographyWilliam Shawcross
A comprehensive account of the life of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, the mother of Queen Elizabeth II. The book provides information about her upbringing, her courtship and marriage to King George VI, and their struggle with his unexpected ascension to the throne.
Queen Consort (Formerly the Duchess): The Life of Queen CamillaPenny Junor
A revealing and insightful look at the life of the woman who has been recently crowned queen consort, exploring her journey from controversial figure to beloved royal.