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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.
As advertised in our March 2014 issue. Enjoy substantial savings when you purchase these hardback books as a set.
A fresh, fascinating look at the life and times of England's great Renaissance prince and king, and the cultural and social development of the English court, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry's accession to the throne. Life at Hampton Court Palace mirrored the rise in the King's power; he brought entertainment back into court life: feasting, dancing, music, hunting, hawking, jousting, games and sport. This illustrated guide looks behind the scenes at all levels of the King's household, including royal pastimes, religion, food, the Queen's chamber, the travelling court, scandals, European influences and the legend of Henry VIII himself. Softback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2017. Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, 'Climate Change' is a clear, simple and enlightening introduction to one of the most important issues facing our world today. From HRH The Prince of Wales, environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh, it explains the history, dangers and challenges of global warming and explores possible solutions with which to reduce its impact. You'll learn about the causes and consequences of climate disruption; heatwaves, floods and other extreme weather; disappearing wildlife; acid oceans; the benefits of limiting warming; sustainable farming, new clean technologies and the circular economy. Written by the leading lights and most outstanding communicators in their fields, the Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history and culture. Hardback; 56 pages.
Robert Golden has previously published three albums with pictures and accompanying stories pertaining to Queen Victoria�s extended family: Relatively Royal, The Golden Book of Royalty and Definitely Royal. In this fourth volume, with close to 300 illustrations, he focuses on one of the branches, the Connaughts. Added to the album is a detailed illustrated genealogy of the ancestors and descendants of the Connaughts, compiled by royal genealogist Ted Rosvall. Hardback.
This summer marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most joyous days in 20th-century British history � the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This official souvenir guide recalls the celebrations of 1953, and recreates all the preparations and pageantry of the event for its 60th anniversary. Lavishly illustrated throughout with newly commissioned photography, it brings together the dresses, uniforms and robes, the jewels and crowns worn at the Coronation for the first time since 1953, and tells the story in pictures of the people, the places, the ceremony and the events of this most extraordinary occasion. Hardback.
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.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST 2014. Royal ladies have never been afraid to roll up their sleeves, work in wards, field hospitals and help in the operating theatre, despite their sheltered upbringing. Indeed, through wars and revolutions in Russia, Greece, Spain, Romania, Belgium and Britain, their experiences were no different to those of thousands of other nurses. Beginning with two daughters of Queen Victoria � Princess Alice and Princess Helena � this book tells their stories and the difficulties queens and princesses faced while carving a worthwhile role in an age when the place of a well-born woman was considered to be in the home. From Empress Alexandra of Russia and Queen Marie of Romania to Princess Marina Duchess of Kent and Princess Alice of Greece (mother of the Duke of Edinburgh) � all set an example of service and duty well beyond that considered necessary at the time. Here, their involvement in nursing and the lengths they went to is detailed for the first time. Hardback.
A collection of never-before-seen photographs from the family albums and glowing tributes to mark His Majesty�s 80th birthday. Hardback.
by David McIntosh. Few people realise that the Italian province of Tuscany was at one time an independent grand duchy, ruled over by the Tuscan branch of the Habsburg dynasty. Grand Duke Leopold II was its last proper ruler and the ancestor of all the people who appear in this book, which is illustrated by rare and beautiful images from private and official collections. Hardback.
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.
With over 200 rare archival images highlighting Elizabeth II�s reign and a contemplative view of Victoria�s legacy, this is a must-have bookazine for any royal enthusiast. Softback.
ROYAL COLLECTIONS Volume 1: Great Britain  
Some 460 rarely-seen royal and princely images from the Eurohistory Archive. Chapters include: Great Britain: A Brief History of the Royal House; Queen Victoria (1819-1901); King Edward VII (1841-1910); King George V (1865-1936); King Edward VIII (1894-1972); King George VI (1895-1952); Queen Elizabeth II (b.1926); The Junior Branches of the Royal Family; The Old Royal Family; Extended Family; Family Tree. Hardback, 264 pages.
An illustrated history of the Russian imperial family between 1845 and 1917. The selection of photographs, 621 in all spread over 296 pages, ends with the fall of Tsar Nicholas II. This work is unique in that it chronicles all branches of the Romanov dynasty, including some of the female lines that did not settle abroad: the descendants of Tsar Alexander II, Grand Dukes Nicholas, Konstantin and Michael Nikolaievich, Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich and his niece Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaievna, Duchess of Leuchtenberg. Using photographic collections owned previously by various Romanovs, the authors went to great lengths to produce an extra-special pictorial account of this imperial family. Hardback.
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.
From HRH Princess Michael of Kent, bestselling author of 'The Queen of Four Kingdoms', comes the eagerly-anticipated third volume in the Anjou trilogy. The final volume focuses on merchant Jacques Coeur, a man of humble beginnings but fiercely ambitious, who became one of the richest and most powerful men in fifteenth century France. Princess Michael vividly re-enacts the life of Jacques Coeur as he becomes trusted confidante and champion of the Anjou royal family, particularly of his beloved patroness Yolande, Queen of the Four Kingdoms, and, of course, the beautiful and captivating Agn�s Sorel who Jacques comes to know and understand as a friend. As Jacques' star shines brighter and brighter, his story runs parallel to that of Yolande and Agn�s Sorel until the three interlink in devastating fashion and Jacques's ambition and generosity become his downfall. Meticulously researched and powerfully evoked, Princess Michael of Kent unveils a seldom-told story, enriched by her own insider's perspective of royal life. Hardback.
When thinking of the Queen, our first image is one of dignity and authority. She is the very definition of majesty: monarch, Supreme Governor of the Church of England and Head of the Commonwealth. But as anyone who knows her will tell you, in person she has a wicked sense of humour. Revealing a side of the Queen�s personality that the public rarely sees, this joyous little book is a timely celebration of royal humour as Elizabeth II nears her 90th birthday. Hardback.
'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.
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.
'What the Queen Said to Me�' is a collection of anecdotal stories by people who have met and spoken to Her Majesty. The stories provide a small glimpse of the Queen�s personality as told through the conversations and detailed back story that led up to that pinnacle moment when the Queen was all theirs for that small moment in time. From walkabouts to investitures, civil servants to sirs, royal outfitters to radio DJs, artists to head teachers, the book has stories from many different royal occasions. Hardback.
A former German state largely situated in the northwest of the present-day Federal Republic, the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was for hundreds of years inextricably linked with the Grand Ducal House, which is first documented at the beginning of the 11th century. David McIntosh presents a fascinating illustrated history of this ancient and illustrious family. Hardback.
The Queen's choice of outfit, and that of every modern royal in the public eye, is governed by an intricate set of 'rules' and numerous practical requirements that would defeat most women. Yet as the authors of this fascinating history reveal, 'dressing for the job is a challenge that some royal individuals have developed to a high art'. Historic Royal Palaces' senior dress curator Deirdre Murphy and former curator Cassie Davies-Strodder have picked seven prominent royal women who understood the intricacies of royal dressing, and with the help of brilliant designers and talented stylists, developed a unique style. Each elegant modern royal receives her own, lusciously-illustrated chapter: Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the Queen, Princess Margaret, Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge, a young royal whose style influence is now so powerful that she only has to be photographed briefly in an off-the-peg dress for it to sell out across the country in seconds. Paperback: 120 pages; over 140 illustrations. Published by Historic Royal Palaces.
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.
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.
This handsomely illustrated work (525 images in 272 glossy pages) by Robert Golden and Arturo Be�che covers all the descendants of Prince Leopold and Princess Helen. The authors, noted royal historians with nearly 20 books to their name, have done extensive research to bring to the reader the most comprehensive collection of Albany descendants ever published. Among the photos used in the book, many were donated by descendants of Prince Leopold. In fact, no other published work has ever brought to the reader such a large selection of photos of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone and her descendants. It is worth mentioning that many of the descendants of the 2nd Duke of Albany, later known as Carl Eduard, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, contributed rare images to include in this production. Among the families and dynasties to appear in this book are: Athlone, Abel Smith, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Bernadotte, Castell-R�denhausen, Saxe-Meiningen and Hohenzollern, to name but a few. Hardback.
David Cripps�s latest album of photographs, both formal and informal for the period 1860-1960, gives the reader a glimpse into the privileged world of Tsar Nicholas II and his extended family. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST 2016. This complete inventory of every item of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London captures the magnificence of a collection of symbolic objects steeped in history that is still in use today. Their story is that of the English monarchy itself � from the 12th-century spoon used for the anointing at the coronation to the platinum crown created for Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, in 1937, set with the Koh-i-n�r diamond. Published in association with the Royal Collection and Historic Royal Palaces, the book features specially commissioned photography, including detailed shots, allowing individual pieces, the famous gems and carefully selected groups of objects to be viewed as never before. Softback.
FEBRUARY 2009 BOOK OF THE MONTH. The first instalment of the highly anticipated biography of Henry VIII, written by one of the UK's most popular, established and exciting historians. Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Henry's accession to the throne, 'Henry: Virtuous Prince' is a radical re-evaluation of the monarchy's most enduring icon. Henry VIII was Britain's most powerful monarch, yet he was not born to rule. Thrust into the limelight after the sudden death of his elder brother, Prince Arthur, Henry ascended the throne in 1509, marking the beginning of a reign that altered the course of English history. In his youth Henry was highly intelligent, athletic and musically talented. He excelled in Latin and Mathematics and was an accomplished musician. On his accession to the throne, aged just 17, after the tumultuous rule of his father, he provided England with hope of a new beginning. Nobody could have foreseen how radical Henry's rule would prove to be. Often overshadowed by the bloody saga of his six marriages, his reign has left a lasting legacy. An absolute monarch, Henry�s quest for fame was as obsessive as any modern celebrity. His fierce battles against Papal authority mark one of the most dramatic and defining moments in the history of Britain. Yet his early life was insecure. The Tudor regime was viewed by many as rule by usurpers and the dark shadows of the Wars of the Roses often threatened to tear England apart once more. The culmination of a lifetime's research, David Starkey gives a radical and unforgettable portrait of the man behind the icon; the Renaissance Prince turned tyrant, who continues to tower over history. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER 2016. 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. Hardback.
Although Mary, Queen of Scots continues to fascinate both historians and the general public alike, the story of her mother, Marie de Guise, is much less well known. A political power in her own right, she was born into the powerful and ambitious Lorraine family, spending her formative years at the dazzling and licentious court of Fran�ois I. Although briefly courted by Henry VIII, she instead married his nephew, James V of Scotland, in 1538. James' premature death four years later left their six-day-old daughter, Mary, as Queen and presented Marie with the formidable challenge of winning the support of the Scottish people and protecting her daughter�s threatened birthright. Content until now to remain in the background and play the part of the obedient wife, Marie spent the next 18 years effectively governing Scotland, devoting her considerable intellect, courage and energy to safeguarding her daughter�s inheritance by using a deft mixture of cunning, charm, determination and tolerance. The last serious biography of Marie de Guise was published in 1977 and whereas plenty of attention has been paid to the mistakes of her daughter�s eventful but brief reign, the time has come for a fresh assessment of this most fascinating and under appreciated of 16th-century female rulers. Hardback.
"Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same.� These were the heartbreaking words of a 17-year-old girl, Lady Jane Grey, as she stood on the scaffold awaiting death on a cold February morning in 1554. Minutes later her head was struck from her body with a single stroke of a heavy axe. Her death for high treason sent shockwaves through the Tudor world, and served as a gruesome reminder to all who aspired to a crown that the axe could fall at any time. Jane is known to history as "the Nine Days Queen", but her reign lasted, in fact, for 13 days. The human and emotional aspects of her story have often been ignored, although she is remembered as one of the Tudor Era�s most tragic victims. While this is doubtlessly true, it is only part of the complex jigsaw of Jane�s story. She was a remarkable individual with a charismatic personality who earned the admiration and affection of many of those who knew her. All were impressed by her wit, passion, intelligence, and determined spirit. Furthermore, the recent trend of trying to highlight her achievements and her religious faith has, in fact, further obscured the real Jane, a young religious radical who saw herself as an advocate of the reformed faith�Protestantism�and ultimately became a martyr for it. �Crown of Blood� is an important and significant retelling of an often-misunderstood tale: set at the time of Jane�s downfall and following her journey through to her trial and execution, each chapter moves between the past and the �present", using a rich abundance of primary source material (some of which has never been published) in order to paint a vivid picture of Jane�s short and turbulent life. This dramatic narrative traces the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which Jane became involuntarily tangled�and which ultimately led to a shocking and catastrophic conclusion. Hardback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2015. At 8:34am on 2 May 2015, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were delivered of a daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Later, the whole world watched as the couple proudly presented her to the cameras and crowds outside St Mary�s Hospital in London. She is fourth in line to the throne. In 'William and Catherine�s New Royal Family' Ian Lloyd recounts the lead up to the arrival of their second child. Using stunning photographs he looks back at the couple�s lives: their courtship, careers and engagement, the wedding watched by two billion people, their marriage and the birth of their son, Prince George, in July 2013. We also take a glimpse at George�s first two years: his christening, visit to New Zealand and Australia, and much more besides. Hardback.
The first major biography of Prince Charles in more than two decades, with new insights into his family and his marriages, from Sally Beddell Smith, bestselling author of 'Elizabeth the Queen'. Drawing on extensive access to the royal family's inner circle, Sally Bedell Smith delivers unprecedented insights into Prince Charles, a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet has spent his life in waiting for the ultimate role. Beginning with his childhood, Smith details his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits and his love affairs, from the tragedy of his marriage to Diana to his eventual reunion with Camilla, as well as his relationship with the next generations of royals, including Will, Kate, Harry, and his beloved grandchildren. As this sweeping biography shows, Prince Charles is more complicated and compelling than we knew, until now. Hardback.
Colour in sumptuous scenes of royal life and discover fascinating facts about the history of the British monarchy. Detailed pictures show King John and the Magna Carta in 1215, Elizabeth I's famous speech at Tilbury, portraits of the Scottish Kings and Queens, Queen Victoria�s coronation procession and crows and royal regalia. Some of each picture is already coloured, so children can focus on the interesting bits. Each page includes information about the British monarchy through history. Softback.
"To the Queen... A Royal Drinkology" is 2012's most exciting, fun, celebratory and historical yet unconventional tribute to the year-long Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This souvenir is the perfect way to make your own party go with a bang. Hardback.
The first book to be dedicated to the British branch of Faberge, covering its fascinating history from its opening in 1903 to its closure in 1917. Royalty, aristocrats, American heiresses, exiled Russian grand dukes, randlords, maharajas, socialites and financiers with newly-made fortunes flocked to Faberg� in London to buy gifts for each other. The Imperial Russian Goldsmith's London branch was the only one outside of Russia and its jewelled and enamelled contents were as popular there as they were in St. Petersburg or Moscow. Using previously unreferenced sources and a newly-discovered archive of papers relating to Faberge in London, Kieran McCarthy studies the branch's structure, customers and exclusive stock. The book will be of interest to enthusiasts of the decorative arts, the social history of the Edwardian Golden Age and especially of European royalty. Faberge's works were and continue to be intimately associated with the British royal family. For Violet Trefusis, daughter of King Edward VII's mistress Mrs. Keppel and lover of Vita Sackville-West, a Faberge cigarette case was the emblem of royalty, as symbolical as the 'bookies' cigar', or the 'ostler's straw'. Kieran McCarthy is a director of Wartski, the London Court Jewellers who specialises in the work of Carl Faberge. He is on the advisory board of the Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg, is a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths' and a fellow of the Gemmological Association. He has written and lectured extensively about Carl Faberge. He advises collectors and institutions on Faberge's work and recently revealed the rediscovery of one of the lost Imperial Faberg� Easter Eggs. Hardback, 240 pages.
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.
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.
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.
A meticulously detailed miscellany by Malcolm Howe, in collaboration with royal author and Majesty columnist Robert Golden. Among the many topics covered over 90 beautifully illustrated pages are �Coronation Chatter�, �Crowns�, �Purple Privilege� and �Viceroys�. Hardback.
CHRISTIE'S: THE JEWELLERY ARCHIVES REVEALED not available for despatch until early July (delayed reprint)  
For centuries the stories of the world's great jewellery collections have lain hidden within the archives of Christie's, the celebrated auctioneers. From the tragic European queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette - both beheaded - to Hollywood royalty such as Elizabeth Taylor, the vaults sparkle with the most celebrated (and occasionally notorious) names of the last 250 years. Following on from the success of his books on Boucheron: The Secret Archives, Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends and Mellerio: Jewellers to the Queens of Europe, author Vincent Meylan explores these remarkable jewellery archives, revealing the mysteries within for the first time. Each sale had its intrigue, each its story to tell. The first auction of jewellery from the British royal family took place at Christie's in 1773, after the death of the Princess of Wales, mother of George III. As the archives reveal, in the subsequent centuries, Christie's has been party to the sale of jewellery by several further generations of British royals, from Lady Patricia Ramsay and the Countess of Southesk through to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. And, in the wake of revolution and regicide further afield, the crown jewels of France, Russia, Bavaria, Serbia, Egypt, India and Spain were all sold at Christie's. Aside from Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary movie star collections of Merle Oberon and Gloria Swanson are also revealed here, as well as the most famous pearls and diamonds in the world; each explored within the context of their owners' remarkable lives. Expertly curating the extensive archives, Vincent Meylan has drawn out the key details of each momentous sale. Original documents from the vaults are reproduced in the book, alongside hundreds of colour illustrations of the jewels and their owners. Contents: Introduction by Fran�ois Curiel, Chairman of Christie's Asia-Pacific; 1. Guillotine Diamonds; 2. Murdered Queens; 3. Pomp and Circumstances; 4. Empresses in Exile; 5. The French Court; 6. From Christie's with Love; 7. Soft as a Pearl; 8. Bloody Revolutions; 9. Ladies of the Stage; 10. Gems from the East; 11. Diamonds are Christie's Best Friends; 12. Appendix: Prestigious Provenances. Hardback, 360 pages with 310 illustrations.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2016. As the glittering Hanoverian court gives birth to the British Georgian era, a golden age of royalty dawns in Europe. Houses rise and fall, births, marriages and scandals change the course of history and in France revolution stalks the land. Peep behind the shutters of the opulent court of the doomed Bourbons, the absolutist powerhouse of Romanov Russia and the epoch-defining family whose kings gave their name to the era, the House of Hanover. Behind the pomp and ceremony were men and women born into worlds of immense privilege, yet beneath the powdered wigs and robes of state were real people living lives of romance, intrigue and eccentricity. At the Georgian court, even a king could take nothing for granted. Hardback.
Enjoy a substantial discount if you purchase these titles as a pair.
Enjoy a substantial discount if you purchase these titles as a pair.
The official companion to ITV�s hugely successful drama, �The Victoria Letters� delves into the private writings of the young Queen Victoria, painting a vivid picture of the personal life of one of England�s greatest monarchs. From the producers of Poldark and Endeavour, ITV�s �Victoria� follows the early years of the young Queen�s reign, based closely on Victoria�s own letters and journals. Now explore this extensive collection in greater depth, and discover who Victoria really was behind her upright public persona. At only 18 years old, Victoria ascended the throne as a rebellious teenager and gradually grew to become one of the most memorable, unshakeable and powerful women in history. The extensive writings she left behind document this personal journey and show how she triumphed over scandal and corruption. Written by internationally bestselling author, historian of 12 books and Victoria historical consultant Helen Rappaport, and including a foreword by Daisy Goodwin, acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of the series, �The Victoria Letters� details the history behind the show. Revealing Victoria�s own thoughts about the love interests, family dramas and court scandals during her early reign, it also delves into the running of the royal household, the upstairs-downstairs relationships, and what it was like to live in Victorian England. Full of beautiful photography from the series and genuine imagery from the era, come behind the palace doors and discover the girl behind the Queen. Hardback.
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.
Inspector Ken Wharfe, the first royalty protection officer to publish a memoir, was a crucial figure in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales for nearly seven years. In that time, he became a close friend and trusted confidant who shared her most private moments. His first-hand account contradicts many of the so-called 'facts' about the Princess and provides an affectionate, if not always uncritical, insight into this complex, troubled, but ultimately fascinating woman. Here is the authentic voice of a man who played an important role during Diana's most trying times, and in her beloved sons' formative years, and who shows himself to be an exceptionally perceptive observer of the events that unfolded around the Princess. After Inspector Wharfe resigned his position in 1993 (making headline news), Diana announced her withdrawal from public life and axed her Scotland Yard protection � a decision her former 'top cop' believes led ultimately to her death. This account presents the most intimate portrait of Diana to date, as well as a fitting tribute to one of the outstanding figures of our age. Softback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR MAY 2017. For over a century of turmoil, upheaval and scandal, Great Britain was a Georgian land. From the day the German-speaking George I stepped off the boat from Hanover, to the night that George IV, bloated and diseased, breathed his last at Windsor, the four kings had presided over a changing nation. �Kings of Georgian Britain� offers a fresh perspective on the lives of the four Georges and the events that shaped their characters and reigns. From love affairs to family feuds, political wrangling and beyond, it is a chance to peer behind the pomp and follow these iconic figures from cradle to grave. After all, being a king isn't always about grand parties and jaw-dropping jewels, and sometimes following in a father's footsteps can be the hardest job around. Take a step back in time and meet the wives, mistresses, friends and foes of these remarkable kings who shaped the nation, and find out what really went on behind closed palace doors. Whether dodging assassins, marrying for money, digging up their ancestors or sparking domestic disputes that echoed down the generations, the kings of Georgian Britain were never short on drama. Hardback.
Marie of Orl�ans married into the Danish Royal Family and became the sister-in-law of Europe. Unique pictures of a forgotten princess and an interesting text, which involves a lot of European history in the life of this gifted and independent Princess. To be published on 2 May 2012 - 100 years to the day since the inauguration of the Princess Marie statue at Langelinie in Copenhagen. The text will be in English and Danish. Hardback.
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.
JUST PUBLISHED: Our 204-page tribute to a much-loved monarch as she celebrates her milestone birthday. Royal commentators Caroline Aston, Caroline Davies, Anne de Courcy, Lucinda Gosling, Coryne Hall, Brian Hoey, Joe Little, Ian Lloyd, James Parsons and Ingrid Seward examine various aspects of Her Majesty's life and reign, both public and private. Hardback, with almost 300 illustrations.
David McIntosh and Arturo Beeche chart the history of the Bourbons of the Two Sicilies from the Middle Ages to the present day. The authors look at how members of this royal family rebuilt their lives in exile, all the while making matrimonial alliances with most of the Catholic dynasties of Europe. Hardback.
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.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years as British sovereign in 2012. With the exception of Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, she is the longest-serving monarch, acknowledged worldwide for the duties she has performed with grace and dignity. This special Pitkin souvenir guide, illustrated with over 80 photographs, looks at every aspect of the life of one of our most beloved monarchs: her childhood and teenage years in the company of her sister, Princess Margaret; her role as heiress presumptive; her engagement and marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh and as mother to her young family; her accession and coronation. We explore her duties from working with charities, attending the State Opening of Parliament and taking part in traditional ceremonies such as the Royal Maundy, the Trooping the Colour, the colourful Garter Ceremony and the Remembrance Day service. Her passion for horses is well known and this guide will look at this and the other country pursuits she enjoys in her rare off-duty moments. Softback.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2016. The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of 20 tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin. To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: six tsars were murdered and all the Romanovs lived under constant threat to their lives. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband � who was murdered soon afterwards � loved her young male favourites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who faced Napoleon's invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts, and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever written by a ruler. 'The Romanovs' climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution � and the harrowing massacre of the entire family. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, 'The Romanovs' is at once an enthralling story of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today. Hardback.
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.
'The Birthday Crown' is a delightful tale of the Queen's search for the perfect crown to wear on the occasion of her birthday. This Royal Collection Trust book opens with the preparations for the celebrations at Buckingham Palace, overseen by the Master of Ceremonies, but the right crown for the special day still needs to be found. The royal jewellers, gardeners, stables and others make suggestions, from a fruit headpiece and a bird cage, to a 'disco ball' and a crown in the shape of a fairground carousel. At the end of the story it is the Queen's grandson who finally offers the ideal solution � a paper crown that he has made himself. Kate Slater's charming illustrations bring the story and cast of characters to life, and are created using a three-dimensional collage technique. Hardback, 32 pages.
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.
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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.
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE 2017. Written by the Royal Chef, Mark Flanagan, and Royal Pastry Chef, Kathryn Cuthbertson, this latest Royal Collection Trust cookbook celebrates the quintessentially English tradition of taking afternoon tea. From simple cardamom and orange shortbread to the show-stopping 'G�teau Op�ra' topped with gold leaf, the 40 mouth-watering sweet and savoury recipes are illustrated with specially commissioned photography at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. 'Royal Teas: Seasonal recipes from Buckingham Palace' opens with 'Her Majesty's Recipe for Drop Scones', sent by Queen Elizabeth II to President Dwight D. Eisenhower of the United States in response to his request for the recipe. The recipes are then arranged by season, highlighting the royal kitchen's emphasis on the use of UK-sourced seasonal produce, from summer berry tartlets to spring-harvested broad beans in the salmon and tarragon quiche and autumnal wild mushrooms in vol-au-vents. 'Royal Teas' includes recipes served to the Royal Family's guests at official functions, such as the clementine macarons and chocolate and almond biscotti. Palace recipes for classic favourites at the Queen's garden parties include carrot cake and Victoria sponge, named in honour of Queen Victoria, who established royal garden parties in the 1860s. The recipes are introduced with a chapter on the history of afternoon tea, the concept of which is credited to Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria. In aristocratic circles of the 19th-century dinner was served late, so afternoon tea was the perfect way to fill the gap between the traditional light lunch and the evening meal. Hardback.
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