A brief lif of the Queen
"The Queen was at the heart of the Diamond Celebrations this week. But how relevant is she in modern day Australia? Rod Quinn discussed with Robert Lacey, author of 'Majesty'."
I shall be speaking about the monarchy at the Hilton Bath City Hotel in Walcot Street on May 10 at 7.30pm for an event organised by the Historical Association.
Entry is by ticket, which can be obtained from Mike Short via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01225 812945.
The association, which has the Queen as its patron, was founded in 1906 to encourage and support the study and enjoyment of history. The Bath branch dates back to the year of the monarch's birth, 1926.
"Robert Lacey, author of A Brief Life of the Queen, says she would have been prepared for the news, even if her father's death from a coronary thrombosis was a shock.
"Her private secretary carried sealed envelopes containing a draft Accession Declaration. She was ready but it was a secret that was shared with few people."
It is said that she reacted stoically, and showed little immediate distress. "She was sitting erect, fully accepting her destiny," Martin Charteris is quoted as saying in Lacey's book. No-one saw any tears."
"The Queen, a Spice Girl and a cheeky parlour game at Balmoral: An intriguing peek behind the curtains at 60 years of royal family life"
“Changing greasy tyres, knitting socks and the making of a very modest Monarch"
"In this major series on the Queen, an eminent royal author reassesses her formative years and reveals how a singular lack of ego became the secret of her greatness”