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Packed with stunning revelations, this is the inside story of The Queen Mother from The New York Times best-selling author who first revealed the truth about Princess Diana.

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother has been called the "most successful queen since Cleopatra." Her personality was so captivating that even her arch - enemy Wallis Simpson wrote about "her legendary charm." Portrayed as a selfless partner to the King in the Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech, The Queen Mother is most often remembered from her later years as the smiling granny with the pastel hats. When she died in 2002, just short of her 102nd birthday, she was praised for a long life well lived. 

But there was another side to her story. For the first time, Lady Colin Campbell tells us that the untold life of The Queen Mother is far more fascinating and moving than the official version that has been peddled ever since she became royal in 1923. With unparalleled sources - including members of the Royal Family, aristocrats, and friends and relatives of Elizabeth herself - this mesmerizing account takes us inside the real and sometimes astonishing world of the royal family.

©2012 Lady Colin Campbell (P)2018 Tantor

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Listen with a huge pinch of salt

I’m not really sure how to summarize his book. There is very little here about the queen mother‘s life. Lots of opinions and gossip. Lots of journeys down speculative roads. I would’ve preferred to hear about the political and social, accomplishments and impact that the queen mother had on her family the country and the world. Having said that the insights that the author gives based on her social connections and interactions with those that knew the queen mother is very interesting and like I said if taken with a pinch of salt, quite entertaining. A little more validation of allegations would have given this book some more clout in its authenticity. It has the feel of a gossiping, name dropping social expose rather than a serious look into the life of the wife and subsequent mother of two monarchs, Which would have provided us with extremely valuable and poignant information.

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A Real Person

Being an anglophile, I read everything concerning the Royal Family, English history, English gardens and English architecture. I have read the official biography of the Queen Mother and gave it positive reviews but did not write a review. This book I wanted to because of the negative reviews. One of the items I listen for is the references by an author. If I like a book I will purchase that book for my library for my own reference. Lady Colin Campbell, I feel, did a very thorough writing by referencing what she found thru her many years of research. Yes, part of the references can be hearsay, but the listener wants this too because it gives a well-rounded overall view of the person. Many of us never are given the complete view of history. But when you read as many books on one subject, biographies for me, your view is more complete and in depth. Thus, I would highly recommend this book. The narrator is well chosen, Jennifer M. Dixon. Her melodic voice was perfect for this piece. This is now in my Library both in Audibles and at home.

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Horrible, unsubstantiated facts.

Don’t waste your time. Never given a bad review, but this one is a stinker.

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Wow - what a B****h!

She wasn't ROYAL, in the legal sense, but only marriage and an abdication placed her there.
But that 'Sweet, Granny-style' smile had all of us outsiders fooled. This is a wonderful telling of a life poorly lived. As they say, 'Karma's a B***h'. One wonders about those who don't expect to have to pay-their-debts in the next lifetime......

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