A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE ROYAL FAMILY by

A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The media's concentration on Princess Di ""was growing increasingly obsessive. So the Sunday Express Magazine hit on a device which would reveal a more rounded picture"" of the Royal Family: they picked a week in November 1982, and 15 magazine writers were commissioned ""to cover every single royal event in that time."" Here, then, with rather more pictures than text, is a royal-by-royal, day-by-day rundown. The Queen, whose ""unmemorable clothes"" are explained by the need to show off jewelry and medals, has a dull week--with a reception given by the Board of Deputies of British Jews as the highlight. (In the photos, Elizabeth looks none too pleased to be there.) Prince Philip is busier, with assorted armed-forces appearances. Prince C. goes hunting and visits an archaeological dig (""clearly as happy as a kid making sand castles""); Di--photogenic as ever--attends the Gandhi premiere; Princess Anne doesn't do much; the Queen Mum looks adorable; moody Margaret ""was clearly good-humoured all week."" And there are less predictable glimpses of the Duke and Duchess of Kent (musical folks), ""professional cousin"" Princess Alexandra, Prince Michael of Kent (a race-car driver), and the ""Young Royals""--with no scandalous trysts for Prince Andrew. . . at least none reported. Complete with spreads on the Royal Residences and such: a cozy, if mostly pallid, album for Royalty-watchers--but without the fullness of Jerrold M. Packard's The Queen & Her Court.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1983
Publisher: Macmillan