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Short Synopsis
From the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Queen Victoria comes a lively and poignant biography of Elizabeth II.

Full Synopsis
We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet for much of her early life the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold. She was our accidental queen.

Elizabeth's determination to share in the struggles of her people marked her out from a young age. Her father initially refused to let her volunteer as a nurse during the Blitz but relented when she was eighteen, allowing her to work as a mechanic and truck driver for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. It was her forward-thinking approach that ensured that her coronation was televised, against the advice of politicians at the time.

In Young Elizabeth, Kate Williams reveals how the twenty-five-year-old young queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the twentieth century. Her monarchy would be a very different one from that of her parents and grandparents, and its continuing popularity in the twenty-first century owes much to the intelligence and elusive personality of this remarkable woman.

"The author's research is all-encompassing…" ---Publishers Weekly

"A celebratory and entertaining royal biography." ---Kirkus

Young Elizabeth

The Making of the Queen

Author Kate Williams

Narrated by Kate Williams

Publication date Nov 15, 2015

Running time 10 hrs

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