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8 Best Queen Elizabeth II Biographies to Get to Know the Woman Behind the Crown

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For so many generations, there has been one constant public figure who has stood the test of time and weathered some of history’s most important moments. For 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II has been an icon, sovereign, and the matriarch of the House of Windsor, leading the monarchy through decades of change and the ebbs and flows of popularity. The queen has led such a rich life: full of triumph, heartache, and a resolute disposition at every turn. It’s no wonder there have been so many books written about her and the royal family, and we’ve rounded up some of the very best to mark Her Royal Majesty’s passing on September 8, 2022.

With unprecedented access to royal records, personnel of the palace, and so much more, the authors of these biographies offer unique perspectives on Queen Elizabeth II you won’t find anywhere else. Some follow the queen’s reign from the very beginning following the shocking death of her father, while others chart her overseas tours, family drama, and more. Still more look at the queen’s relationship with key members of her family, like Andrew Morton’s Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters. Then there are long-spanning biographies like Queen of Our Times, which take readers from Queen Elizabeth’s life as a princess to the next chapter in the monarchy’s ever-evolving legacy.

There’s so much still to uncover about this global icon, and we hope that, for royal family fans old and new, these biographies will start to fill your bookshelf with everything you need to know about Queen Elizabeth II — long may she reign.

A version of this story was originally published in June 2022. 

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