ROYAL STYLE: An Intimate Look Inside the Palaces and Royal Houses of Britain's Royal Family by Ingrid Seward

ROYAL STYLE: An Intimate Look Inside the Palaces and Royal Houses of Britain's Royal Family

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Who is the only person outside the royal family allowed to call Queen Elizabeth II ""Lilibet""? How much did the toilet seat in Prince Charles' and Princess Diana's new digs cost? What is the royal recipe for scrambled eggs? Seward, editor of Britain's Majesty magazine, answers these and other burning questions in her behind-the-scenes look at the home life of the Windsors. The author attempts to lend significance to her trivialities by couching them in an ""Isn't that super?"" style that will irritate all but the most dedicated monarchists. Added to this are such playful remarks as this: ""Most of [the Queen's] closest friends are country people, but if they came up for an evening in town not one of them would dream of ringing up [Buckingham Palace] to beg a bed for the night."" Readers expecting anything critical of ""the Royals"" are sure to find this a tepid cup of tea; Seward is firmly in the ranks of admirers. The closest she comes to ""revelations"" is an anecdote concerning Diana's and Fergie's attempts to pull Prince Charles' trousers off during a particularly giddy party at the palace. Much of the material consists of repetitious descriptions of the seating arrangements at state dinners, teas, ""informal"" family gatherings. The reader is informed of just where the TV is placed when the Queen and Prince Philip are dining á deux and is treated to recipes for such royal culinary favorites as kipper soufflÉ, cheese straws, and treacle tart. Best read with tongue placed firmly in cheek.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1988
Publisher: St. Martin's