Elizabeth R: The Role Of The Monarchy Today
Marking the Fortieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne, this magnificently illustrated book, which accompanies the major BBC documentary of the same name (no longer available on video), provides a unique insight into Queen Elizabeth's working life and how she fulfills a wide variety of duties at home and abroad over the course of a year. Special access was granted to author Antony Jay in his research for Elizabeth R, while photographer David Secombe accompanied Queen Elizabeth as she carried out some of the vast range of her activities, both public and private. Queen Elizabeth's many commitments are described in Elizabeth R including her weekly audience with the Prime Minister, preparations for state visits and her meetings with foreign and Commonwealth heads of state. In Elizabeth R, we witness the State Opening of Parliament, Trooping the Colour, accepting ambassadors' credentials and signing Acts of Parliament. Through author Antony Jay's informative and entertaining text in Elizabeth R, we gain a fresh perspective on Queen Elizabeth's complex roles as both Head of State and Head of the Nation. Elizabeth R also examines how the monarchy influences our society through its patronage of institutions, 'awayday' visits all round the country, the honours system and in numerous personal contacts which Queen Elizabeth has with her people from all walks of life. Elizabeth R contains over 80 of photographer David Secombe's specially commissioned color photographs, taken at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral, Holyrood and at engagements elsewhere in the United Kingdom and Abroad. Elizabeth R provides an incomparable portrait of Queen Elizabeth as she celebrates her fortieth year on the throne. 240 page hardcover book with over 80 color photographs See also Royalty: An Uncommon Working Family Video.