A lively and poignant biography of the young princess who, at the impressionable age of eleven, found that she was now heiress to the throne, by the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Queen Victoria.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. Her father initially refused to let her volunteer as a nurse during the Blitz, but relented when she was 18 and allowed her to work as a mechanic and truck driver for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. It was her forward-thinking approach that ensured that her coronation was televised, against the advice of politicians at the time.Kate Williams reveals how the 25-year-old young queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the 20th century. Her monarchy would be a very different one to that of her parents and grandparents, and its continuing popularity in the 21st century owes much to the intelligence and elusive personality of this remarkable woman.
Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen by Kate Williams came across my ARC list and caught my attention. I was quite well versed on Queen Elizabeth's children and their lives, marriages, etc but not so much on the Queen herself. I decided to take the leap to the non-fiction side and dove into this book. I have to say it was pretty interesting!
I was very grateful that the author, Ms. Williams has a writing style that brought lightness, humor and a bit of clean gossip to this book that made it an interesting, entertaining read. She included a good amount of history prior to Elizabeth being born which really helped to set the stage for the world that Elizabeth was born into. Throughout this book, the author continued to show how the world issues and changing times continued to mold her into the person/Queen she came to be. Queen Elizabeth is quite an accomplished and remarkable woman!
The only negative that found while reading this book was that it is a bit too long for my taste. Having shared that, I have to also share that I enjoyed reading Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen and getting to know the royal family, especially Queen Elizabeth a bit better!
Thank you to Pegasus Publishing and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.