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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
 
HENRY VIII: KING & COURT PITKIN GUIDE  
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.
  $16.00
 
ROYAL CABINET PORTRAITS OF THE VICTORIAN ERA  
by David Cripps. A fascinating collection of photographs of members of the royal houses of Europe, most of whom knew Queen Victoria as 'Grandmama'. This unique compilation covers the period between 1863 and 1906 and includes the last two generations of Romanovs. Hardback.
  $75.00
 
CONNAUGHT: A ROYAL FAMILY ALBUM  
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.
  $75.00
 
THE QUEEN'S CORONATION 1953: THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR ALBUM  
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.
  $28.00
 
PAVLOS: NO ORDINARY KING softback book and DVD set  
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.
  $78.00
 
PRINCESSES ON THE WARDS  
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.
  $44.00
 
HM KING MICHAEL I OF ROMANIA  
A collection of never-before-seen photographs from the family albums and glowing tributes to mark His Majesty�s 80th birthday. Hardback.
  $75.00
 
THE UNKNOWN HABSBURGS  
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.
  $75.00
 
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 ILLUSTRATED RECORD REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II bookazine  
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.
  $19.99
 
THE ROYAL HELLENIC DYNASTY  
A photographic history of the Greek royal family from King George I to King Constantine II. Hardback.
  $50.00
 
ROYAL COLLECTIONS Volume 1: Great Britain  
  $78.00
 
ROYAL COLLECTIONS Volume 1: Great Britain  
  $78.00
 
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
 
WiLLIAM & CATHERINE: A FAMILY PORTRAIT  
This special royal souvenir from Pitkin celebrates the family life of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge following the birth of their second child, Princess Charlotte. Beautiful photographs help to tell the story of how William and Catherine grew up, met and fell in love, with a particular focus on their fairytale wedding, the birth and christening of Prince George, and royal events and engagements up to the joyous arrival of Princess Charlotte. This insightful guide reflects on the family�s journey so far, and looks forward to what the future holds for the couple that has captured the hearts of the nation and, indeed, the world. Softback.
  $22.00
 
QUICKSILVER by HRH Princess Michael of Kent WITH SIGNED BOOKPLATE  
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.
  $48.00
 
THE WICKED WIT OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II  
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.
  $27.00
 
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
 
AXEL & MARGARETHA  
He was a Prince of Denmark, a grandson of Christian IX but also an officer in the Danish Navy and managing director of the (Danish) East Asian Company, board member of Scandinavian Airlines and Danish representative on the International Olympic Committee. She was born a Princess of Sweden, the sister of Queen Astrid of Belgium and Crown Princess M�rtha of Norway, and thus the beloved aunt of many European royals. Here is yet another pictorial biography of two fascinating royal personalities, today largely forgotten. Hardback.
  $75.00
 
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
 
THE GRAND DUKES OF OLDENBURG  
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.
  $75.00
 
MODERN ROYAL FASHION  
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.
  $29.99
 
THE GRAND DUKES  
The biographies of nearly 40 men, all the offspring of Russian tsars, are included in this volume, the first of two. They were not all saints, nor were they all sinners; they were men whose birth showered them with untold privilege. Some used their birthright for the common good; others did not. Yet they all remain intriguing human beings. Hardback.
  $75.00
 
COLOUR IN KATE  
Do you dream of the life of a princess? This truly royal colouring book will enchant all age groups. Filled with beautiful, partially coloured illustrations of the Duchess of Cambridge in some of her most stylish outfits, girls can customise Kate's wardrobe by adding colour and pretty patterns of their own. From taking to the water on the royal barge for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee or attending a glamorous charity dinner, to watching athletes compete at the Olympic Games or taking Lupo for a walk in the park, there are outfits for every occasion. William, Harry, the Queen, Michelle Obama and even baby George make guest appearances! Softback.
  $13.99
 
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
 
THE GOLDEN BOOK OF ROYALTY  
Inspired by Lady Patricia Ramsay, amongst others, Robert Golden has now put together a second book of photographs and anecdotes on the lesser-known members of the British royal family. Hardback.
  $75.00
 
THE STORY OF HAMPTON COURT PALACE  
Hampton Court Palace, to the southwest of London, is one of the most famous and magnificent buildings in Britain. The original Tudor palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey, but it soon attracted the attention of his king and became the centre of royal and political life for the next 200 years. In this new, generously illustrated history, the stories of the people who have inhabited the palace over the last five centuries take centre stage. Here Henry VIII and most of his six wives held court, Shakespeare and his players performed, and Charles I escaped arrest after his defeat in the Civil War. William III and Mary II introduced French court etiquette, and Georgian kings and princes argued violently amid the splendid interiors. Alongside the royal residents, there have been equally fascinating characters among courtiers and servants. Queen Victoria opened the palace to the public in the 19th century, and since then millions of visitors have been drawn to Hampton Court by its grandeur, its beauty and the many intriguing stories of those great and small who once lived here. Softback.
  $50.00
 
ROYALTY AFTER THE WARS  
A pictorial look at the vast changes in the royal houses of Europe since the Second World War.
  $75.00
 
ROMANOVS REVISITED  
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.
  $75.00
 
HENRY: VIRTUOUS PRINCE  
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.
  $60.00
 
GIFTS TO THE TSARS 1500-1700: TREASURES FROM THE KREMLIN  
From 1547, when Ivan the Terrible declared himself Tsar of Russia, to 1712, when Peter the Great moved the capital to St Petersburg, one of the highlights of Moscow court life was the formal presentation of diplomatic gifts to the Tsar. These fabulous offerings have been preserved intact in the Kremlin Armoury, in a collection that cannot be matched by any other royal treasury in the world. Now many of these objects are published in this gloriously illustrated volume. Ranging from arms and armour and exquisite textiles to spectacular works in gold and silver, gifts received by the Tsars are masterpieces of the decorative arts � and afford a fascinating glimpse of international relations during a period when Russia emerged as a world power. Hardback.
  $60.00
 
GRAND DUCHESS MARIE PAVLOVNA  
Using rare archival information obtained from various Russian sources, as well as those in Europe and the United States, renowned Russian authors Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova have pieced together the first biography of Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna, the indomitable 'Aunt Miechen'. Daughter-in-law, sister-in-law and amiable aunt of Russia�s last three tsars, Marie Pavlovna enjoyed an enviable position in the highest echelons of pre-Revolutionary Russian society and cultural life. A patron of the greatest jewellers and designers of her time, Marie Pavlovna also made considerable efforts on her numerous charities. Her energy was legendary, as was her travelling, spending and meddling in the highest affairs of the empire. Illustrated with more than 300 photographs, many donated by her descendants, this biography promises to be unequalled. Hardback.
  $78.00
 
WILLIAM & CATHERINE'S NEW ROYAL FAMILY  
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.
  $50.00
 
KINGS & QUEENS TO COLOUR  
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.
  $13.99
 
AGNES SOREL, MISTRESS OF BEAUTY  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER 2014. From HRH Princess Michael of Kent, bestselling author of 'The Queen of Four Kingdoms', comes the extraordinary second volume in the Anjou trilogy. Yolande, the Queen of Four Kingdoms, is dead. Agnes Sorel, beautiful, innocent, 20 years old, had arrived a year earlier with the court of Yolande's son, Rene D'Anjou, and remained with his mother at her request, knowing how much the King of France, her dissolute son-in-law Charles VII, would need wise guidance. As a trusted confidant of Yolande, Agnes captivates everyone she meets, and in her role as a demoiselle to Rene's wife, Isabelle of Lorraine, Agnes finds herself firmly ensconced in the royal court. Soon though, whispers at court regarding Charles's burgeoning feelings for her begin to grow, and despite her best efforts to resist, Agnes is alarmed to discover that she too is in love. Plagued by guilt but unable to deny her feelings for the King, Agnes is forced to choose between her love for Charles, and her duty to herself... Hardback.
  $46.00
 
TO THE QUEEN... A ROYAL DRINKOLOGY  
"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.
  $48.00
 
LONG TO REIGN OVER US  
On 9 September 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 ASSASSINATION OF THE ARCHDUKE  
Greg King and Sue Woolmans offer readers a vivid account of the lives � and cruel deaths � of Franz Ferdinand and his beloved Sophie. Combining royal biography, romance, and political assassination, the story unfolds against a backdrop of glittering privilege and an imperial court consumed with hatred, taking readers from Bohemian castles to the horrors of Nazi concentration camps in a compelling, fascinating human drama. As moving as the fabled romance of Nicholas and Alexandra, as dramatic as Mayerling, Sarajevo resonates with love and loss, triumph and tragedy in a vibrant and powerful narrative. It lays bare the lethal circumstances surrounding that fateful Sunday morning in 1914, examining not only the Serbian conspiracy that killed Franz and Sophie but also insinuations about the hidden powers in Vienna that may well have sent them to their deaths. With a foreword from the Archduke�s great-granddaughter, Princess Sophie von Hohenberg, and drawing on a wide variety of unpublished sources and with unique access to previously restricted Hungarian and Czech archives, including Sophie�s diaries and family papers, King and Woolmans have written the most comprehensive account of this momentous event available in English. In doing so, they offer readers an intriguing and startlingly revisionist look at this most famous of Archdukes, his family, and their momentous collision with destiny in 1914. Softback.
  $25.50
 
RUSSIA & EUROPE: DYNASTIC TIES  
This book by Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova includes nearly 600 photos, the majority among them collected from the main archives in Russia and several European countries. The moment captured by these original photos tells the reader far more about the unique world of royalty and aristocracy than countless pages of text. The authors also relied on important information obtained from Russian and foreign periodicals, memoirs and scientific literature. The English-language version of this book was expanded with contributions from Arturo Be�che. Hardback.
  $78.00
 
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
 
QUEEN VICTORIA: A LIFE OF CONTRADICTIONS  
In this brilliant, concise new biography Queen Victoria is shown as Britain�s queen of contradictions. In her combination of regal vehemence and wifely submission; deep sentimentality and bombast; cultural imperialism and imperial compassion; fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology; romantic longing and prudishness, she became a spirit of the age to which she gave her name. Victoria embraced photography, railway travel and modern art; she resisted compulsory education for the working classes and recommended for a leading women�s rights campaigner �a good whipping�. She detested smoking and believed whole-heartedly in the health-giving properties of fresh air, strong draughts and cold. She may or may not have been amused. Melbourne and Disraeli wooed her; Peel and Palmerston infuriated her; fatally Gladstone failed to �pet� her. She loved dancing and the opera and, in her mourning of Prince Albert, sought consolation in the poetry of Tennyson and a long exchange of letters between sovereign and Laureate. Meanwhile she reinvented the monarchy and wrestled with personal reinvention. She lived in the shadow of her mother and then under the tutelage of her husband: during her protracted widowhood she belatedly embraced self-reliance. Fresh, witty and accessible, this new book from Matthew Dennison gives a compelling assessment of Victoria�s mercurial character and her impact, written with the irony, flourish and insight that this Queen and her rule so richly deserve. Hardback.
  $42.00
 
DIRTY BERTIE: AN ENGLISH KING MADE IN FRANCE  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2014. An entertaining biography of King Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle, by Stephen Clarke. Despite fierce opposition from his mother, Queen Victoria, the future monarch was always passionately in love with France. He had affairs with the most famous Parisian actresses, courtesans and can-can dancers. He spoke French more elegantly than English. He was the first ever guest to climb the Eiffel Tower with Gustave Eiffel, in defiance of an official English ban on his visit. He turned his French seduction skills into the diplomatic prowess that sealed the Entente Cordiale. A quintessentially English king? Pas du tout! Clarke argues that as �Dirty Bertie� Edward learned all the essentials in life from the French. Hardback.
  $49.00
 
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
 
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
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE ROYAL FAMILY  
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER 2015. A magnificent large-format tribute to the life and work of Queen Elizabeth II as she becomes the longest-reigning British monarch, and a celebration of the royal family. With the inclusion of rarely-seen photographs of her growing up, 'Queen Elizabeth II And The Royal Family' is a stunning 320-page guide to the royal matriarch and other members of the House of Windsor, both past and present. The book showcases important events such as the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in full-colour double-page photographs, and the birth of their second child, Princess Charlotte. It also contains a complete history of the kings and queens of England and Scotland, tracing the line of succession to the throne. It is therefore the perfect book for anyone interested in the British monarchy. Hardback.
  $62.00
 
MARIE: A FRENCH PRINCESS IN DENMARK  
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.
  $75.00
 
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
 
ELIZABETH: THE QUEEN AT 90  
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.
  $59.00
 
ROYAL EXILES IN CANNES  
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.
  $78.00
 
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
 
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II PITKIN DIAMOND JUBILEE SOUVENIR  
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.
  $16.00
 
THE ROYALS by Mirrorpix  
A photographic record of the British royal family from 1901 (the death of Queen Victoria) to the modern day. Showcasing six monarchs, 'The Royals' takes the reader through every major era of the 20th century � two World Wars, the generational expansion of the royal family in the 1980s and 1990s, the death of Diana in 1997, and the rejuvenation of the royal family under Princes William and Harry. Hardback.
  $57.00
 
THE ROMANOVS  
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.
  $63.00
 
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 BIRTHDAY CROWN  
'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.
  $27.50
 
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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