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  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784759513
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $22.99
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Queen of the World




An enthralling personal portrait of Her Majesty the Queen and how she has helped redefine the role of Britain, the monarch and the world stage itself.



If you loved the Netflix series, The Crown, you'll love this.

WRITTEN ALONGSIDE THE MAJOR ITV DOCUMENTARY
‘Dazzling, poignant and full of delicious surprises; the true story of how Elizabeth II took on the world – and won. The Crown is fictional. Here is the real thing.’ – Andrew Roberts

'In Queen of the World Robert Hardman anatomizes from almost every conceivable angle the workings of soft power in creating the present Queen's global role ... His book is a veritable reference work and cornucopia, overflowing with significant anecdotes, people, traditions and incidents.' – Times Literary Supplement
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Written by the renowned royal biographer, Robert Hardman, and with privileged access to the Royal Family and the Royal Household, a brilliant new portrait of the most famous woman in the world and her place in it.

On today's world stage, one leader stands apart. Queen Elizabeth II has seen more of the planet and its people than any other head of state, and has engaged with them like no other monarch in British history. Since her coronation, she has visited over 130 countries across the ever-changing globe, acting as diplomat, stateswoman, pioneer and peace-broker.

She has transformed her father’s old empire into the Commonwealth, her ‘family of nations’, and has come to know its leaders better than anyone. In 2018, they would gather in her own home to endorse her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, as her successor.

With extensive access to the Queen’s family and staff, Hardman tells a true story full of drama, intrigue, exotic and even dangerous situations, heroes, rogues, pomp and glamour – and, at the centre of it all, the woman who has genuinely won the hearts of the world.
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‘Superb’ – Peter Hennessy

‘Hardman’s book, filled with new details, will be an essential source for any historian of modern Britain. It’s also a glorious read’ – William Shawcross, Spectator

  • Pub date: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784759513
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Robert Hardman

Robert Hardman is one of the foremost observers of the modern British royal scene, and the bestselling author of Our Queen. He has covered all aspects of the Monarchy for British newspapers, television and radio over more than 25 years and has interviewed many members of the Royal Family for his books and for a series of internationally-acclaimed films. These include Our Queen at Ninety (ITV 2016), Our Queen (ITV 2013), Charles at 60 (BBC One 2008), Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work (BBC One 2007) and The Queen’s Castle (BBC One 2005).


As a newspaper journalist and columnist, Robert has also covered more than 60 royal tours worldwide. In addition to the British Royal Family, his royal interviewees have included the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the King and Queen of Norway and the Queen of Denmark. He now writes the acclaimed How I See It column for the Daily Mail. Married with three children, he lives in London.

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Praise for Queen of the World

“Hardman’s book, filled with new details, will be an essential source for any historian of modern Britain. It’s also a glorious read”

William Shawcross, The Spectator

“A magisterial book… Robert Hardman brings together every intriguing detail he’s gleaned about how the Queen reigns.”

Daily Mail

“This is not only the best biography of the Queen in years, it is also laugh-out-loud entertainment”

Daily Express

“Dazzling, poignant and full of delicious surprises; the true story of how Elizabeth II took on the world – and won. The Crown is fictional. This is the real thing.”

Andrew Roberts

“By far our most authoritative royal specialist, Hardman is a supremely entertaining storyteller and guide as well outstanding political analyst of the Queen's career as international titan of power and tact. Often hilarious, sometimes moving, always as acute as he is fascinating, there's never a dull moment in the untold diplomatic career of the most famous woman in the world, who has known everybody from monsters like Ceaucescu and Amin to heroes like Mandela and JFK.”

Simon Sebag Montefiore

“Watching The Crown was entertaining but reading Robert Hardman’s Queen of the World was riveting — and true.”

Alice Thomson

“Superb”

Peter Hennessy


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