Elizabeth's determination to share in the struggles of her people marked her out from a young age. Her father initially refused to let her volunteer as a nurse during the Blitz, but relented when she was 18 and allowed her to work as a mechanic and truck driver for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. It was her forward-thinking approach that ensured that her coronation was televised, against the advice of politicians at the time.
Kate Williams reveals how the 25-year-old young queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the 20th century. Her monarchy would be a very different one to that of her parents and grandparents, and its continuing popularity in the 21st century owes much to the intelligence and elusive personality of this remarkable woman.
Kate Williams is Professor of History at the University of Reading and the author of the New York Times bestseller Becoming Queen Victoria; Young Elizabeth; and Ambition and Desire, a biography of Josephine Bonaparte. She serves as CNN’s royal historian and appears regularly on television and radio as a historical adviser.
Every ending is a new beginning . . .
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