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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."

The Royal Couple

Today sees the third and last of the Daily Mail's serialisation of my new book A brief life of the Queen under the title;

"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"

A brief life of the Queen is available from our Amazon.co.uk page.

Tyres

Today’s Daily Mail carries the second instalment of their adaptation of my new book “A Brief Life of the Queen” under the headline of;

“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”

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Serialised in today’s Daily Mail Newspaper excerpts from my new book on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth – A brief life of the Queen.

Update Jan 28 2012 - 14:13 Video content has been added to the A brief life of the Queen website

“The truth about Diana and The Queen: How monarch was Princess's greatest supporter... until THAT Martin Bashir documentary”

A brief life of the Queen is available from Amazon.co.uk and for pre-order from Amazon.com

The Times of London

Many thanks for all the kind Birthday wishes. The Times was kind enough to publish a few words; 'The author Robert Lacey says he loves birthdays: "I seek no consolation for getting older, what can I do about it except try to keep fit?" Next month "my third and by far the smallest book on the Queen will be published." His 1977 book Majesty was a doorstopper. He says "Books on the Royal Family have become too long.

Here is the text in full of the Queen's 2011 Christmas message, which was recorded by the BBC on 9 December - before her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was treated in hospital for a blocked coronary artery.

"In this past year my family and I have been inspired by the courage and hope we have seen in so many ways in Britain, in the Commonwealth and around the world.

What were my favorite memories of the day? Well, there was the double balcony kiss, for a start:

And then there was the cartwheeling verger:



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