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MARIA PIA, QUEEN OF PORTUGAL  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST 2015. A fascinating study of a royal figure largely ignored by most English-language royal authors. Sabrina Pollock not only examines the life of this complicated woman but also provides an insight into the last decades of the Portuguese monarchy, overthrown in 1910. Maria Pia had a temper, but was not a scold. She was as extravagant as she was charitable. She was intimidating, but emotionally fragile. The list goes on. Unlike most women of her era and station, Maria Pia was a hands-on mother. Her love and devotion to her children are among her most admirable traits, matched only by her love and devotion to her adopted country. Handsomely illustrated and well-researched, 'Maria Pia, Queen of Portugal' is one of the most intriguing royal stories published recently. Hardback.
  $78.00
 
SPECIAL OFFER: 'MY ROYAL APPOINTMENTS' & 'JUBILEE 2012: CELEBRATIONS & TOURS' SET  
As advertised in our March 2014 issue. Enjoy substantial savings when you purchase these hardback books as a set.
  $73.00
 
PAVLOS: NO ORDINARY KING softback book and DVD set REDUCED PRICES  
After the release of the biographical documentary 'Pavlos: No Ordinary King' comes a limited-edition historical album. The story of King Pavlos is told in English and Greek over 256 pages with more than 190 photographs, news clippings and documents, categorised chronologically. Softback. The documentary DVD, in Greek with English subtitles, contains new interviews and previously unpublished photographs and videos. Running time: 2 hours 28 minutes. DVD Region 0.
  $46.00
 
ROYAL ENTERTAINING & STYLE  
Ingrid Seward reveals how the royal family lead their lives and how they like to entertain in the great royal palaces and castles, as well as in their private homes. This classically-printed 204-page publication has over 200 images and with a limited print run is sure to become a collector�s item. Hardback.
  $59.00
 
THE QUEEN AT 90 PITKIN GUIDE  
A unique biography-in-pictures of HM Queen Elizabeth II, published to coincide with the celebrations of the Queen�s 90th birthday in April 2016. With beautiful images from childhood to the present day, this souvenir guide documents the Queen�s life decade by decade. Capturing Her Majesty in public and in private, it showcases her role as daughter, sister, wife and mother, as well as head of state. Softback.
  $19.00
 
THE KING WHO HAD TO GO  
How does the machinery of government respond when a King steps out of line? The relationship between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson created a constitutional crisis that has fascinated the public for decades. Unwilling to accept the idea of the twice-married American as future Queen of England, the government was determined to pressure the King into giving up Mrs Simpson and, when that failed, into giving up his crown. The King�s phone lines were tapped by his own government, dubious police reports poisoned Mrs Simpson�s reputation, and threats to sabotage her divorce were deployed to edge the King towards abdication. The hopeless attempts of the King�s allies, particularly Winston Churchill, to keep him on the throne were dismissed as sinister conspiracy, whilst the King wrecked his own chances with wildly unrealistic goals and ill-thought-out schemes that served only to frame him as erratic and unreliable as a monarch. As each side was overwhelmed by desperation and distrust, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin fought to steer events to a smooth conclusion. In this fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the royal abdication crisis of 1936, Adrian Phillips reveals the previously untold story of the hidden political machinations and insidious battles in Westminster and Whitehall that settled the fate of the King and Mrs Simpson. Softback.
  $32.00
 
ROYAL TOURS 1786-2010: HOME TO CANADA  
'Royal Tours 1786-2010' is a penetrating look at the tours of 11 members of the royal family who were or would be monarchs, viceroys and commanders-in-chief of Canada. Softback.
  $43.00
 
JUBILEE 2012: CELEBRATIONS & TOURS half price special offer  
The third book in the 'Majesty' series. 'Jubilee 2012: Celebrations & Tours', which has contributions from Lynne Bell, Joe Little, Richard Palmer, Ingrid Seward and Camilla Tominey, relives the incredible nine months in which the Queen and members of the royal family marked the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession with a series of visits and engagements all over the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. This lavishly-illustrated 204-page hardback publication will make the perfect souvenir or gift.
  $29.50
 
KATE: A BIOGRAPHY  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2013. Following the royal wedding, the Diamond Jubilee and the imminent birth of Kate and William's first baby, popular sentiment towards the royal family has rarely been higher. At the centre of this surge in affection is a woman who has captured the heart of a nation and who, at the side of her husband, Prince William, is ushering in a new dawn for the United Kingdom's reigning family. For, due to planned amendments to the rules of accession to the British Crown, their first child, regardless of gender, will succeed William to the throne. Marcia Moody explores the life of the woman who has done so much to revitalise the public image of the royal family, covering her early years, her family, her time at St Andrews University and her meeting with Prince William, their early relationship and its trials, the wedding and her new official role, her style, and, of course, her pregnancy. Besides being the perfect book for admirers of this remarkable young woman, 'Kate: A Biography' marks a crucial moment in the history of the royal line. Hardback.
  $50.00
 
QUEEN CAROLINE: CULTURAL POLITICS AT THE EARLY EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY COURT  
As the wife of King George II, Caroline of Ansbach became queen of England in 1727. Known for her intelligence and strong character, Queen Caroline wielded considerable political power until her death in 1737. She was enthusiastic and energetic in her cultural patronage, engaging in projects that touched on the arts, architecture, gardens, literature, science and natural philosophy. This meticulously researched volume by Dr Joanna Marschner will survey Caroline's significant contributions to the arts and culture and the ways in which she used her patronage to strengthen the royal family's connections between the recently installed House of Hanover and English society. She established an extensive library at St. James' Palace, and her renowned salons attracted many of the great thinkers of the day; Voltaire wrote of her, "I must say that despite all her titles and crowns, this princess was born to encourage the arts and the well-being of mankind". Hardback.
  $95.00
 
WALLIS IN LOVE by Andrew Morton  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL 2018. Sunday Times bestselling author Andrew Morton reveals new information and sources that totally transform our perception of Wallis Simpson. 'Wallis in Love' brings a fascinating new perspective on the 20th century�s most controversial royal scandal. Andrew Morton�s impeccable research and unerring skill for riveting storytelling combine to present a strong case for a new and startling reveal: that the woman who rocked the world with her uncompromising passion for the Prince of Wales may have fooled everyone by keeping the object of her true passion hidden away� From her relatively lowly beginnings in America � where young Wallis and her mother were dependent on her domineering and powerful Uncle Sol, to her rise through the social ranks and her determination to one day beat men at their own game � to the ultimate conquest of the Prince of Wales. Morton paints a vivid and multi-faceted picture of a compelling, ambitious and often hard-hearted woman, who may have won the jewel in the British crown but very possibly at the expense of her true happiness. 'Wallis in Love' reveals the men Wallis truly loved, the men who broke her heart � and the hearts she broke in turn. In this vivid, fresh and frankly amazing portrait of the Duchess of Windsor, Morton draws on interviews, secret letters, diaries and never before seen or heard primary sources. From the day she was born in a ramshackle cottage in the hills to revealing what really happened the night her husband died, Morton paints a fresh and enticing portrait of the Duchess of Windsor. Hardback.
  $48.00
 
ART, PASSION & POWER: THE STORY OF THE ROYAL COLLECTION  
The Royal Collection is the last great collection formed by the European monarchies to have survived into the 21st century. Containing over a million artworks and objects, it covers all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, from paintings by Rembrandt and Michelangelo to grand sculpture, Faberg� eggs and some of the most exquisite furniture ever made. The Royal Collection also offers a revealing insight into the history of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II, recording the tastes and obsessions of kings and queens over the past 500 years. With unprecedented access to the royal residences of St James' Palace, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, 'Art, Passion & Power' traces the history of this national institution from the Middle Ages to the present day, exploring how royalty used the arts to strengthen their position as rulers by divine right and celebrating treasures from the Crown Jewels to the "Abraham" tapestries in Hampton Court Palace. Author Michael Hall examines the monarchy's response to changing attitudes to the arts and sciences during the Enlightenment and celebrates the British monarchy's role in the democratisation of art in the modern world. Packed with glimpses of rarely seen artworks, 'Art, Passion & Power' is a visual treat for all art enthusiasts. Accompanying the BBC television series and a major exhibition at the Royal Academy, 'Art, Passion & Power' is the definitive statement on the British monarchy's treasures of the art world. Hardback.
  $65.00
 
LONG TO REIGN OVER US  
On 9 September 2015 Her Majesty The Queen became the longest-reigning British monarch. This Royal Collection Trust official souvenir album is a record of seven decades of royal history and a celebration of a unique royal milestone. Hardback.
  $33.95
 
THE NEW ROYAL FAMILY: PRINCE GEORGE, WILLIAM AND KATE, THE NEXT GENERATION  
Their love story captured the hearts of the nation and now, following the first birthday of William and Kate�s son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, interest in this thoroughly modern branch of the royal family has never been more fervent. 'The New Royal Family' by Robert Jobson chronicles William and Kate�s romance and follows William, Kate and George during their first year as a family, including their tour of New Zealand and Australia. Packed with fascinating anecdotes, sharp analysis � and exclusive photographs by Arthur Edwards � this brilliant book reveals charming and intimate details about William, Kate and George and provides an intriguing and comprehensive insight into what the future holds for the royal family. Softback.
  $21.00
 
THE GREEDY QUEEN  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2017. What does it mean to eat like a queen? Elizabeth gorged on sugar, Mary on chocolate and Anne was known as 'Brandy Nan'. Victoria ate all of this and more. 'The Greedy Queen' celebrates Victoria's appetite, both for food and, indeed, for life. Born in May 1819, Victoria came 'as plump as a partridge'. In her early years she lived on milk and bread under the 'Kensington System'; in her old age she suffered constant indigestion yet continued to over-eat. From intimate breakfasts with the King of France, to romping at tea-parties with her children, and from state balls to her last sip of milk, her life is examined through what she ate, when and with whom. In the royal household, Victoria was surrounded by ladies-in-waiting, secretaries, dressers and coachmen, but below stairs there was another category of servant: her cooks. More fundamental and yet completely hidden, they are now uncovered in their working environment for the first time. Voracious and adventurous in her tastes, Queen Victoria was head of state during a revolution in how we ate - from the highest tables to the most humble. Bursting with original research, 'The Greedy Queen' considers Britain's most iconic monarch from a new perspective, telling the story of British food along the way. Hardback.
  $44.00
 
A CENTURY OF ROYAL CHILDREN & JUBILEE 2012: CELEBRATIONS & TOURS BOOKS special offer  
Enjoy a substantial discount if you purchase these titles as a pair.
  $85.00
 
A CENTURY OF ROYAL CHILDREN & MY ROYAL APPOINTMENTS BOOKS special offer  
Enjoy a substantial discount if you purchase these titles as a pair.
  $85.00
 
ROYALLY SUITED: HARRY & MEGHAN IN THEIR OWN WORDS  
'Royally Suited' reveals the true story behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle�s romance through a selection of quotations from the couple. Beginning with Prince Harry�s childhood, royal correspondent Phil Dampier has dug deep into the lovers� pasts to reveal their shared mischievous sense of humour and how both grew up with divorced parents. Prince Harry tells of the effect of his parents� divorce and the devastating loss of his mother, and Meghan Markle talks of the racial difficulties she faced growing up as the daughter of a Caucasian father and African American mother. The book also reveals the story of how they fell in love; from a blind date to the abuse Meghan received which led to Prince Harry publically defending her. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have won the nation�s hearts and the much-anticipated announcement of their engagement on 27 November 2017 caused a cheer in the Twitter-sphere. This comprehensive collection of quotes by the couple themselves gives a real insight into this modern day fairytale. Softback.
  $23.00
 
I DID IT MY WAY: MEMOIRS OF HH PRINCE ANDREAS OF SAXE-COBURG AND COBURG  
Born in Casel, Germany, Prince Andreas grew up in the United States, where he lived until 1965. He then returned to Germany to do military service and begin his preparation to take over the family business. He has lived in Coburg for decades and is one of the picturesque town's most respected citizens. Prince Andreas holds his family's long and illustrious history close to his heart. Hardbook.
  $78.00
 
THE WANDERING PRINCESS  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2017. H�l�ne was a strong-willed princess, raised in France but closely connected with the court of Queen Victoria. After the premature end to a romance with the monarch�s grandson, she married into the royal family of Italy. However, escaping from an unhappy marriage and the boredom of court life, H�l�ne began extended trips into Africa, where she became a big game hunter, explorer and travel writer. Travels took her around the world, but her sense of royal duty brought her back to nurse aboard a hospital ship in Libyan waters, then to an important role as head of the Italian Red Cross nurses during the First World War while her husband headed Italy�s Third Army. One son served in the Artillery while the other was in the Navy. Afterwards, her strong Italian nationalism made her an ally to Gabriele d�Annunzio and Benito Mussolini, but the disastrous Second World War saw her grandchildren interned in Austria and her older son die as a British prisoner of war while she continued her charitable work in Naples. When the country voted to become a republic in 1946, H�l�ne was the only member of the royal family allowed to remain in Italy with her second �secret� husband. Hardback.
  $68.00
 
EDDY & HELENE by PRINCE MICHAEL OF GREECE  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER 2013. If Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, �Eddy� to his family and friends, had lived to become king, Britain might have had a Roman Catholic queen. He certainly hoped it would. Biographers have dismissed Eddy�s love for Princess H�l�ne of Orl�ans as a thing of no consequence, the passing whim of an ineffectual prince who did the monarchy a favour by dying. But the recent discovery of a cache of original documents relating to their romance casts a new light on the affair, showing just how much the relationship meant to the couple themselves, and the lengths to which their families went in searching for a settlement that would allow them to marry. Ultimately, the religious obstacles proved too great, to the lasting sorrow of all concerned. Echoes of the affair lingered for many years, as this collection shows, though Eddy did not long survive the end of his hopes. He lived long enough to contract a �suitable� engagement to a childhood friend before dying of influenza in the winter of 1891-1892, and his reputation almost died with him. So little evidence was known until now of the man he was � the man H�l�ne and those close to him knew � that later generations created their own myth to fill the blanks. But newly-discovered material in this book includes the letters Eddy sent to H�l�ne, which open a window into the character of a much maligned prince, and suggest that his whole biography may need to be rewritten. Hardback.
  $75.00
 
ON DUTY WITH THE QUEEN  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2014. Dickie Arbiter was a Press Secretary at Buckingham Palace for 12 years. Previously Court Correspondent for IRN, Dickie was a poacher turned gamekeeper before moving to work at the Palace in 1988. At the forefront of royal engagements Dickie was privileged to work alongside the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince and Princess of Wales as well as some of the minor royals. His career spanned some of the most turbulent times for the monarchy, the divorce of the future King and the death of Diana, to name just two. His fascinating memoir conveys what life was like behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace and his personal and witty anecdotes bring detail to events and warmth to the royals that has never been documented before. Hardback.
  $50.00
 
DIANA, THE PEOPLE'S PRINCESS: A CELEBRATION OF HER LIFE & LEGACY 20 YEARS ON  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST 2017. On 31 August 1997, the world was stunned by the tragic death of the most popular and photographed woman of the modern age: Diana, Princess of Wales. The outpouring of public grief at this tragically early death was unprecedented in modern times. Now, 20 years on, 'Diana: The People's Princess' celebrates both her life and her legacy. A dignified and unexploitative celebration of Diana's life, 'Diana: The People's Princess' commemorates this remarkable woman's life from her childhood to her tragic premature death at the age of 36. With authoritative text and a vast array of photographs, this updated edition includes new material on the aftermath of her death, including her legacy as a mother - Princes William and Harry and their involvement in perpetuating and protecting her memory - and the continuing work of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. 'Diana: The People's Princess' is a respectful, sensitive and poignant tribute to this elegant, charming and sympathetic symbol of our times. Foreword by Sir Trevor McDonald. Hardback.
  $50.00
 
OUR QUEEN  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR MAY 2013. Throughout history, there has been no monarch like her. She is not merely the oldest sovereign this country has ever known, she is the most worldly. She has travelled further than all her predecessors put together. She has met more historic figures than anyone alive - from Churchill to Mandela, de Gaulle, Reagan and Obama. And today, Queen Elizabeth II is no more contemplating retirement than she was when she came to the throne in 1952. She sits at the head of a hereditary institution so often associated with rigid tradition. And yet, it is more dynamic now than ever. Having inherited a quasi-Edwardian institution nearly 60 years ago, the Queen presides over a monarchy which has managed to remain, simultaneously, popular, regal, inclusive and relevant in a 21st-century world. She has done this so effectively that she is, beyond doubt, the most respected and popular figure in British public life. As she reaches a defining moment of her reign - her Diamond Jubilee - Robert Hardman explores the secrets of the Queen's success to produce a fascinating new portrait of a sovereign who has witnessed more change than any since the creation of Great Britain. Paperback.
  $19.99
 
THE TREASURES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH  
Written by ITN Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart, this beautifully illustrated book looks at the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II as she marks her Diamond Jubilee, only the second British monarch to reach this anniversary. Unique in containing some 15 replica documents, many of which are from the Royal Archives, this fascinating book looks at how the Queen's reign has seen some of the most remarkable events in the history of the 20th and 21st centuries, while also maintaining traditions that link the United Kingdom of today with a history that stretches back more than a thousand years. From royal tours to state visits, and from day-to-day engagements to notable family events and grand occasions. Padded cover, presented in a slipcase.
  $65.00
 
A CENTURY OF ROYAL CHILDREN half price offer  
Ingrid Seward not only celebrates the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's firstborn but also looks back at the childhoods of four royal generations. Hardback.
  $29.50
 
A CENTURY OF ROYAL CHILDREN & MY ROYAL APPOINTMENTS special offer  
Ingrid Seward's latest book not only celebrates the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's firstborn but also looks back at the childhoods of four royal generations. ORDER NOW AND GET KENT GAVIN'S 'MY ROYAL APPOINTMENTS' FOR HALF SHOWN PRICE. Hardback.
  $96.00
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