An Exclusive Peek At The 'Life And Reign' Of Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth Turns 80
In her gorgeous, colorful new book on Queen Elizabeth, Jennie Bond pays tribute to Her Majesty's life from birth to present day.

The British reporter, who joined the BBC in 1977 before becoming a royal correspondent in 1989, highlighted milestones both large and small, from the Queen's quiet upbringing to that "Annus Horribilis" in Elizabeth: A Celebration In Photographs of The Queen's Life And Reign (Published by Carlton Publishing Group, dist. by Trafalgar Square Publishing/iPg).

CELEBUZZ reveals an exclusive excerpt, as well as photos from the book, to be released October 1st, 2013

Elizabeth was brought up with a profound sense of duty, which has never wavered. She has unfailingly put her job before her personal happiness and family commitments – some would say at considerable cost to her children. Although she is, of course, cushioned against the everyday drudgery suffered by most of us, the Queen is and always has been a working mother and has undoubtedly experienced something of the conflict that goes with that role. Since her accession in 1952 she has carried out more than two hundred and fifty tours abroad, taking her away from her children sometimes for months at a time. The fact that this has long been an accepted way of life for royalty may have lessened the pain, but the Queen is not without maternal feelings and the long separations were not necessarily easy. Duty, though, has always prevailed over maternal feelings.
By nature Elizabeth is a countrywoman, happiest in a tweed skirt and headscarf walking her dogs, or in jodhpurs and hacking jacket (stubbornly minus the hat) riding one of her thoroughbreds. Even though she is now over eighty-five, she enjoys a sedate trot across her estates at Sandringham, Balmoral or Windsor. Perhaps because of the solitary job that became hers so suddenly when she was twenty-five, Elizabeth has always been something of a loner, content with her own company – when she can get it. 

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