Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history and the second longest-reigning monarch in the history of the world, died at age 96 on September 8, 2022. 

Since ascending to the throne in 1952,  Queen Elizabeth II worked with 15 British prime ministers and 13 US presidents, led 53 Commonwealth countries,  traveled to 117 countries and welcomed eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Please check out the books and DVDs we have in the library about her and her remarkable life. 

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

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From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II was the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last twentieth and twenty-first centuries with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.

Queen of Our Times: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I by Robert Hardman

Shy but with a steely self-confidence; inscrutable despite ten decades in the public eye; unflappable; devout; indulgent; outwardly reserved, inwardly passionate; unsentimental; inquisitive; young at heart.

All of these describe Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned through more seismic social change than any monarch in British history. From the Abdication to the Sussexes, from World War II to the loss of her life-long partner, she has witnessed family crises on a scale not seen since the days of George III.

Elizabeth II: A Wueen for Our Time by Chris Jackson

As a Getty Images royal photographer, Chris Jackson has been granted privileged access to the monarch and the British royal family. He has documented the Queen’s official engagements over the past two decades, during a period of seismic changes in the British monarchy. In photographs documenting public and private moments, and accompanied by warm and engaging text offering a personal perspective and behind-the-shot anecdotes, Jackson captures the Queen’s great elegance and charm. 

Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen by Kate Williams

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We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet for much of her early life the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold. She was our accidental Queen.Elizabeth’s determination to share in the struggles of her people marked her out from a young age. 

Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret by  Anne Edwards

I’m three and you’re four,” the future Queen, then a child, imperiously informed her sister. The younger girl, not understanding this reference to their position in the succession, proudly countered, “No, you’re not. I’m three, you’re seven.” The royal sisters had no choice in their historic positions, but behind the palace gates and within the confines of their personalities, they displayed tremendous individuality and suffered the usual symptoms of sibling rivalry.

The Royal Governess [large print] : A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II’s Childhood by Wendy Holden

1933. Sunday Times bestselling author Holden brings to life the unknown childhood years of one of the world’s most famous figures, Queen Elizabeth II, and reveals the spirited young governess who made her the icon we love today.

In Royal Service to the Queen: A nNvel of the Queen’s Governess by Tessa Alren

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“Marion Crawford can remember each of the wonderful sixteen years when she was governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. Marion had been a vital part of their lives; someone they confided in, needed, trusted, and loved. These memories will never dim, ever. In her mind, she will always be their Crawfie.

Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage by Gyles Daubeney Brandreth

This is the first major biography of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh—both royal, both great-great-great grandchildren of Queen Victoria, but in temperament and upbringing very different people. Her childhood was loving and secure, his turbulent: the Duke’s grandfather was assassinated, his father arrested, his family exiled, his parents separated by the time he was ten.

HRH : So Many Thoughts on Royal Style by Elizabeth Holmes

Veteran fashion journalist Elizabeth Holmes expands her popular Instagram Stories series, “So Many Thoughts,” into a nuanced look at the style, branding, and positioning of the four most influential contemporary British Royals: Queen Elizabeth II; Diana, Princess of Wales; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Today, the fashion choices of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are frequently headline news.

The Palace Papers [large print] : Inside the House of Windsor–The Truth and the Turmoil by Tina Brown

Never again became Queen Elizabeth II’s mantra shortly after Princess Diana’s tragic death. More specif­ically, there could never be another Diana a mem­ber of the family whose global popularity upstaged, outshone, and posed an existential threat to the Brit­ish monarchy. Picking up where Tina Brown s masterful The Diana Chronicles left off, The Palace Papers reveals how the royal family reinvented itself after the trau­matic years when Diana’s blazing celebrity ripped through the House of Windsor like a comet.

Monarchy : The Royal Family at Work  (DVD)

2 DVDS 330 minutes

Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work is a ground-breaking television production filmed in HD and is a must for any follower of the Royal Family.

Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work offers a compelling and unique insight into the work of the Queen and the other members of her family through a year that includes over 4,000 official engagements, ranging from the State Opening of Parliament to a visit with schoolchildren on the outskirts of Brighton. The production also gains exceptional access to other members of the Royal Family, including Princes Charles, William and Harry, uncovering their lives away from the glare of the public eye.

The Queen: A Monarch For All Seasons (DVD)

4 DVDS 

Sixty years after her accession to the throne, Queen Elizabeth the second remains the calm centre of a tempestuous age.

This fascinating documentary recalls the major events of an extraordinary life.

Elizabeth at 90 [videorecording (DVD)

1 DVD 90 minutes

A unique celebration of the Queen’s ninety years. Filmmaker John Bridcut was granted special access to Her Majesty’s personal films, shot by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen herself, much of it has never been seen publicly before.

In Their Own Words. Queen Elizabeth II (DVD)

1 DVD  60 minutes

Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life, from her youth when few expected she’d ever wear the crown to her uncle Edward VIII’s stunning abdication, and her father’s subsequent coronation as King George VI. Witness her experiences during World War II, her own sudden ascension to the throne, and her eventful reign of more than 60 years.

Coronation Britain (DVD)

1 DVD 48 minutes

This is the story of how a shy and petite 25-year-old woman was suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into the limelight, instantly becoming the most famous woman in the world. Succeeding her father, the beloved King George VI, Elizabeth II was thrown into the sovereign role in a country still reeling from the aftermath of World War II.

-Hongmei, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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