Queen of the World

Elizabeth II: Sovereign and Stateswoman
Narrated by: Robert Hardman
Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
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Written by renowned royal biographer Robert Hardman and with privileged access to the Royal Family and the Royal Household, this is a brilliant new portrait of the most famous woman in the world and her place in it.

On today's world stage, there is one leader who stands apart from the rest. Queen Elizabeth II has seen more of the planet and its people than any other head of state and has engaged with the world like no other monarch in modern history.

The iconic monarch never ventured further than the Isle of Wight until the age of 20 but since then has now visited over 130 countries across the globe in the line of duty, acting as diplomat, hostess and dignitary as the world stage has changed beyond recognition. It is a story full of drama, intrigue, exotic and sometimes dangerous destinations, heroes, rogues, pomp and glamour, but at the heart of it all, a woman who's won the hearts of the world.

©2019 Robert Hardman (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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An Extraordinary Life

No, this is not a biography in the strict sense. The publisher aptly summarized that this is a book about Elizabeth II on the world stage. The reign of E II R is an extraordinary one- name any great leader or personality of the 20th or 21st century and she has known them. She is a living history book. I hope that in the coming years we will learn more about Elizabeth II as a mother and wife, but for now, books like this spotlight the reign of a magnificent monarch. When she made the oath as a young woman that whether her life be short or long , she would serve and represent the British Commonwealth, she meant it! This book also highlights Prince Phillip’s unflagging support for his wife and monarch. In my opinion, this is a fine book, but if you’re looking for behind the scenes tabloid like reading, this is not the book for you.

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Great take

Love the angle of this speaking about the queen through the lens of the commonwealth instead of just a history of her life.

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Misleading

Not a biography. Don’t waste your time or credit. This is more of a “The Queen and her relationships with foreign leaders and countries.

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A wonderful new look at ER’s lifetime of work!

I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this book. Of all the documentaries and books on this subject, Mr Hardman has given a detailed journey through Elizabeth II’s reign as diplomat and brand manager. He leaves me in no doubt that “Queen of the World “ is an apt moniker for this incredible Lady! How could anyone in Great Britain not realize the incredible bang they get for a buck! I mean, what would Great Britain be today without the Queen?? I can tell you! France...and who wants to be France!

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more about her travel

the book seemed to be more about the effort to travel then about the queen her self. and the last 2 chapters deal nothing about her.