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60 years in a throne needs celebration. In deed our dear Queen Elisabeth will celebrate 60 years of reign next year, which we called Diamond Jubilee. On the 6th February 1952, Queen Elisabeth the II, took the throne of the seven countries of the Commonwealth after her father died, King George VI. Only Queen Victoria, in 1897, is thus far the only monarch in the histories of Britain and a few other commonwealth countries members to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee.

Following the tradition of past jubilees, a Diamond Jubilee medal will be issued in various countries. Here above, the canadian medal. A 300$ in pure gold with a real diamond inserted on the gold mass. We can also see Queen Elisabeth with an elegant, delicate and firm gesture from her hand. Very Royal! So it will be a great year for the United Kingdom as they also have the Olympic games.

On this occasion, several books will tell the Queen story and I picked up one that seems very interesting in terms of content, writing style and interest. It is called Elisabeth the Queen, The life of a modern monarch.

The book is written by New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith. She spent her early career working at Time magazine, TV Guide, and The New York Times. She won the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award in 1982, and became a fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in 1986. In 1996, Smith joined Vanity Fair as contributing editor, where she remains as of October 2009. She is also the author of 3 interesting books:

  • Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess (1999)
  • Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House (2004)
  • For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton in the White House (2007)

About the new book, we discover Queen Elisabeth’s life. From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.

So many years of an amazing life deserves a lot of pages, so here it is a big book, 688 pages and will be available from the 10th of January 2012.

If you wish to buy this book, you can already pre-oder it here below:

For the US, click here.
For Europe and the rest of the world, click here.

Definitely the perfect book companion for traveling.

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