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By Ed West

The British royal kin has persevered remarkably in a amazing, tumultuous century from 1910-2010 whilst a number of the crown heads of Europe confronted revolution and exile. via a constitutional situation, abdication, divorces, tragic deaths and unseemly scandals, the British royal family members has proven an intuition for survival, tapping into the heartbeat of public sentiment, making worthwhile alterations, modernizing and reinventing itself to stay the revered, in demand and cherished image of British historical past and heritage.

This booklet chronicles a century of British royalty and lines the tale a country witnessed as a compelling relatives saga of tragedy, fallibility and triumph like no different: the abdication of Edward VIII to be with the lady he enjoyed, Mrs. Wallis Simpson; the now-commonplace royal infidelities and divorces and the general public backlash and eventual restoration of public sympathy for Queen Elizabeth II following the demise of Princess Diana. via all of it, the dutiful commitment to crown and nation, unblinking stoicism, and absolute get to the bottom of of Queen Elizabeth II has guided the state for 5 a long time, culminating within the Diamond Jubilee celebrations the place Britain wear show the pomp and elegance that are the envy of the world.  The e-book additionally uniquely captures the streetview of the way the folks replied to information of and from the royals from spontaneous celebrations in pubs to a meeting round radios and televisions in occasions of difficulty. This assortment takes you into the instant because it occurred and is the main in detail revealing photographic examine of the British monarchy as a family members, and as a longer relatives in its courting with its matters.

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As Edward’s coffin travelled from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, up Whitehall and the Mall to Marble Arch and Paddington, and by train to Windsor, the king-emperor was mourned by monarchs and princes from across the globe, including representatives from Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary, in the latter case Archduke Franz Ferdinand. George V and Kaiser Wilhelm II 28 May 1913 Of the four great European monarchies of the year that Franz Ferdinand’s assassination sparked a world war, only the British House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha would survive, remoulded for the new age.

Both Beatrice (pictured here with cousin Harry holding hands) and Eugenie (in her mother’s arms) have become more active in royal duties in recent years. Diana at the Taj Mahal 11 February 1992 The photograph of Diana sitting down outside the Taj Mahal – the beauty and grandeur of the palace making her loneliness all the more stark – illustrated the decline of the couple’s marriage perhaps more than any other. What made it all the more poignant was that this ‘jewel of Muslim art in India’ is a great monument to romantic love, built by Shah Jajan in 1631 in tribute to his wife Mumtaz (just as London’s Charing Cross was originally one of twelve Eleanor Crosses built by Edward I in memory of his wife in 1291–4).

He also converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Anglicanism. Having just endured six years of war, with the economy crippled and Britain’s cities smashed to pieces, the nation faced hard times of fuel shortages and rations known as the austerity years. In fitting with the spirit of the age, the princess had to buy the material for her gown using coupons. The couple received over 2,500 wedding presents from around the world and some 10,000 telegrams of congratulation, and although the wedding was attended by foreign royalty, it was one much depleted compared to the days of her great-grandfather’s funeral.

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