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The Queen Who Defined an Era

Great Britain’s longest-serving monarch embodied steadfastness and stoicism during her 70 years on the throne, even as she reigned over the decline of the British Empire and an age of upheaval.

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Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne. Read on for remembrances of her long reign and reflections on what the Queen’s passing means for Great Britain and the world.

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A Queen for the Ages

Robin Oakley
Foreign Policy

Through tragedy and tumult, Queen Elizabeth II was a model of constancy. Her death will have important repercussions for the monarchy and the future of the United Kingdom.

How Queen Elizabeth II Was Taught to Rule [1953]

Pierre Berton

The daughter of a second son, she got the best start of all—a happy childhood. Then, from her father, struggling with great zeal and small strength, and from her mother, affectionate and serene, she learned the often tiresome tasks of queenship.

The Best Books on the Queen

Robert Lacey
Five Books

The royal biographer Robert Lacey considers Queen Elizabeth II, her legacy, her family history, and her ambivalent relationship with Princess Diana.