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The good people at Waterstones are offering afternoon tea with me at the Wolseley - entries via their Facebook page.

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Robert Lacey To Speak On 'Royal Writing' At The Galley Club

The Galley Club has a 'Jubilee tie-in' speaker for its May meeting: author Robert Lacey will be talking about 'The Secrets of Royal Writing', including his books on the House of Windsor and the House of Saud. Tuesday 29 May, 6.30pm at The George, Strand. Guests £5 on the door (includes wine and buffet). Email: to reserve a place.

The cover of The Queen: A Life In Brief

Today sees the American release of The Queen: A Life In Brief. Published by Harper Perennial (ISBN: 978-0062124463) and available to order from

The Browser magazine has today published an interview under the heading - "As the Diamond Jubilee approaches, royal biographer Robert Lacey considers the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, her family history, and her ambivalent relationship with Princess Diana" - worth a read I feel.

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"Prince William and Catherine Middleton have now been married for a year. After the fanfare and ceremony of the wedding, the anniversary will be a more subdued event. Catherine's shift into royal life has been in focus for most of the last year and according to one of Britain's most respected royal historians, she has performed extremely well."

The show's page has a listen now feature for the recording of the show - Enjoy.

A brief life of the Queen - Book cover

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 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.

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John D Wood & Co. are pleased to sponsor An Evening with Robert Lacey at St Peters Church, Eaton Square, Belgravia on Wednesday 28th March at 6:30pm

The evening will be chaired by Peter York and Robert Lacey will be talking about his new book "A brief life of the Queen" and answering questions from the audience.

Tickets are £25 each including a glass of Champagne upon arrival. All proceeds are to PARC Charitable Centre for Children with Additional Needs.

There will be a raffle and signed copies of the book will be on sale.

For tickets please call 0207 824 7900.

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The BBC iPlayer has Andrew Marr's series The Diamond Queen with an interview between Robert Lacey and Andrew Marr. "Andrew Marr looks at the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In this episode, with remarkable archive footage, Marr tells the story of the young girl who never expected to reign."

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For our French readers, Paris Match has published quotes from my new title A brief life of the Queen under the title of "A la mort de Diana, la reine a fait le pire et le meilleur" which translates to 'On the death of Diana, the Q

Queen Elizabeth with her father King George VI who died 60 years ago today of lung cancer, the event which marked her accession

"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."

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