Book Review: 'Elizabeth the Queen' by Sally Bedell Smith

A fascinating new biography on the monarch of Britain.

by Rebecca Adler Warren
Elizabeth with Prince Charles, 1948
Photograph: Cecil Beaton/Camera Press

After 60 years on the throne, the monarch of Britain is better known for her poker face than for sly wit or easy charm. Yet in biographer Sally Bedell Smith's Elizabeth the Queen, Her Majesty sparkles with both. Via interviews with a legion of royal watchers, from horse trainers to lords and ladies, Smith teases out a woman both austere and animated, duty-bound yet undeniably authentic. (


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First Published November 8, 2011

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