A Century of Royalty by Ed West

By Ed West

The British royal family members has persisted remarkably in a extraordinary, tumultuous century from 1910-2010 while a few of the crown heads of Europe confronted revolution and exile. via a constitutional trouble, abdication, divorces, tragic deaths and unseemly scandals, the British royal kinfolk has proven an intuition for survival, tapping into the heart beat of public sentiment, making valuable changes, modernizing and reinventing itself to stay the revered, well known and loved image of British historical past and heritage.

This ebook chronicles a century of British royalty and contours the tale a kingdom witnessed as a compelling relations saga of tragedy, fallibility and triumph like no different: the abdication of Edward VIII to be with the girl 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 dying of Princess Diana. via all of it, the dutiful commitment to crown and kingdom, unblinking stoicism, and absolute unravel of Queen Elizabeth II has guided the kingdom for 5 many years, culminating within the Diamond Jubilee celebrations the place Britain wear reveal the pomp and attractiveness that are the envy of the world.  The ebook additionally uniquely captures the streetview of the way the folk spoke back to information of and from the royals from spontaneous celebrations in pubs to a meeting round radios and televisions in instances 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 relations, and as a longer family members in its courting with its topics.

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It took his brother Edward, of all people, to talk sense into him, and he married a Greek princess and joined the civil service, although he is said to have had a number of affairs, one of them with the notorious Duchess of Argyll. His children, the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent, are still prominent members of the royal family. Abdication Crisis circa December 1936 ‘After I am dead’, George V had said of his heir, ‘the boy will ruin himself in twelve months’. The prince’s high living had been a concern since the late 1920s, but in truth he never felt comfortable being king and had spoken about renouncing his position even before he met Wallis Simpson.

The queen’s beautiful younger sister was hit hard by her father’s death and soon after fell in love with Captain Peter Townsend, an older man who was divorced and a commoner, and so unsuitable. Instead she married the aristocratic fashion photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who turned out to be just as inappropriate, a notorious womaniser who fathered a love child during their marriage. Always the more glamorous of the sisters, Margaret hung around a racy crowd in the 1960s, sometimes to the concern of the authorities, but her marriage collapsed rather swiftly and unpleasantly when pictures of her with one Roddy Llewellyn (many years her junior) on a Caribbean beach in 1976 reached the tabloids.

Edward was introduced to Wallis Simpson, already divorced and re-married, through his mistress, Thelma Furness, in 1931. Special Branch operatives described him as being ‘under her thumb’, and ministers were also reluctant to send confidential papers to the king, as he took little interest and they were concerned that Simpson might see them. In August the king and Wallis went away on a cruise, and by October it was clear that he intended to marry her. Public opinion was divided, but the consensus in the establishment was that marriage to the American socialite could not be countenanced.

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