Reading “Elizabeth The Queen” was my first exposure to the writing talents of Sally Bedell Smith, but it definitely will not be my last.
This was one of the better biographies I have read. It was emotional, informational, personal, human, real, insightful and moving. It keeps the mystery of the monarchy, while also letting the reader into the humanness of the monarchy. Every time I had to put the book down, usually around midnight, I could not wait for my next opportunity to read on.
Elizabeth The Queen is a journey through the life of our current monarch in the UK. She is highly loved by her people, and we all connect with her in many ways, but her reign has had its ups and downs in that regard. I thought I was familiar with our sovereign, but this book took me into places I had never seen. The stories of The Queen’s numerous personal trips to the US, where I currently live, were insightful and revelatory. Her personal connection with her guests at gatherings and overnights was moving, as was her care in connecting with each and every one of them. Her ability to work a room was inspirational, and her willingness to change for the good of her people was an example many should emulate.
And I loved the way Sally Bedell Smith took me on a journey through history, stopping at key points along the way, huge events that I was very familiar with, and then took me behind the scenes to show me the pivotal role The Queen played in these huge events.
I deeply admired The Queen before I read this book. My respect and admiration for her has been exponentially increased by Bedell Smith’s work.
I highly recommend this book for anyone with interest in history, royalty, public relations, diplomacy, international affairs, government, and humanity. You will be a better person for reading and learning from this book.