Philip Eade, Prince Philip’s biographer, selects the best new books celebrating the life of Elizabeth II at the peak of her popularity.
It was an extraordinary turning point, since when public feeling towards the Queen has grown more favourable by the year. In 2010, D J Taylor sensed “a torrent of approbation” of such force that it “colonised parts of the media that like to consider themselves immune to royal worship, or indeed to any treatment of the Royal family not served up in a light sauce of quasi-republican irony”.
Two years on, the mood is, if anything, even more pro-monarch, and this is reflected in the celebratory tone of the batch of books that have been published to mark the Diamond Jubilee. Almost all of the giants of the genre seem to have gone into print, including the late Ben Pimlott, whose outstanding biography, The Queen (Harper Press, £12.99, t £11.99), first published in 1996 to mark her 70th birthday, has been reissued with a new foreword by Peter Hennessy and an afterword by Pimlott’s wife, Jean Seaton, examining how and why the monarchy has become so popular again.
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