HER MAJESTY, THE QUEEN: The Story of Elizabeth II by Helen Cathcart

HER MAJESTY, THE QUEEN: The Story of Elizabeth II

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While it is impossible for there to be a serious and objective biography of Britain's Queen during her life and reign, it seems equally impossible to add anything fresh or new to what has already been written by various people,- in particular, perhaps, by Marion Crawford (""Crawfie,"" her governess) in The Little Princesses (1950) and Elizabeth the Queen (1952). Helen Cathcart has produced a competent but uninspired chronicle of the events of her life, from published sources; it is a thorough and a restrained and unemotional recording, but little more. Miss Cathcart does not gush, nor does she retell in much detail already twice told and familiar aspects and events (the Coronation for example, is only briefly recorded). Against an assumption of complete acceptance of the utility and worth of the Crown, she recounts events, from a childhood of preparation for her role, through the formalities of her round of responsibilities and activities. The possibly controversial aspects are studiously bypassed. Those seeking an ""inside picture"" will be disappointed, but there is enough of the glamor of royalty for those who seek it, to appeal to those who will appreciate the tasteful presentation here.

Pub Date: Aug. 13th, 1962
Publisher: Dodd, Mead