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ELIZABETH II: Long May She Reign
A Selected List of References

Compiled by Josephus Nelson, Reference Specialist, Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Washington, 1992

On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.

"Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen."
     Succeeding her father, George VI, on February 6, 1952,
Elizabeth II, at the meeting of the Accession Council on February
8, 1952, declared: "I shall always work as my father did ... to
uphold constitutional government and to advance the happiness and
prosperity of my peoples," and "I pray that God will help me to
discharge worthily this heavy task." Forty years later, most will
concede that she has lived up to her earlier declaration. Not
only has she faithfully carried out her constitutional duties,
but she has made the monarchy an accepted and popular
institution. The high level of interest in the royal family and
in royal events is an indicator of the special place that the
Queen and her family hold in modern life.

     Following is a selection of books which tell the story of
Queen Elizabeth's reign. The Queen's personality and role as
sovereign are examined minutely, and the evolution of the British
monarchy during her reign is amply demonstrated. 


The Queen : a Penguin special. -- Harmondsworth, Eng. ; New 
     York : Penguin Books, 1977. -- 185 p., [16] leaves of plates
     : ill.
 A series of essays written in honor of the Queen's 1977 silver
jubilee. Her constitutional status, royal relatives, right of
succession, and personal style are some of the topics addressed.
                          Art Patronage

Albert, Harold A.
     The Queen and the arts. -- London : W.H. Allen, 1963. -- xi,
     177 p. : ill., (some col.), port.
 Describes the Queen's interest in and patronage of the arts and
her efforts to conserve and add to the royal collections.

Millar, Oliver, Sir, 1923-
     The Queen's pictures / Oliver Millar. -- 1st American ed. --
     New York : Macmillan, 1977. -- 240 p. [24] leaves of plates
     : ill. (some col.)
                                                N5247.W56M54 1977
 Includes biblographical references and index.
 This story of the amassing of the royal collections, from the
time of the Tudors to the present reign, includes an account of
Queen Elizabeth's stewardship of these collections.


Duncan, Andrew, 1940-
     The Queen's year : the reality of monarchy. -- [1st ed.]. --
     Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1970. -- viii 345 p. :
     geneal. tables, ports.
                                                  DA590.D85 1970b
 Attempts to determine how "an integral yet archaic aspect of
British society like monarchy operates," by describing a year
(1968) in the life of the Queen.

Flamini, Roland.
     Sovereign : Elizabeth II and the Windsor dynasty / Roland
     Flamini. -- New York : Delacorte Press, 1991. -- viii 440 p.
     : ill.
                                                   DA590.F54 1991
 A current assessment of Elizabeth II in which the author argues
that she has initiated change in the monarchy--adapting it to the
new expectations of her subjects, but doing so without changing
any of the essentials.

Howard, Philip, 1933-
     The British monarchy in the twentieth century / [by] Philip
     Howard. -- London : Hamilton, 1977. -- 208 p., xvi p. of
     plates : ill. (some col.), facsim., geneal. table, ports.
     (some col.)
                                                    JN341.H6 1977
 Bibliography: p. 204.
 Presents a thorough examination of the place of the monarchy in
British life. The Queen's constitutional role, ties to the
Commonwealth, social influence, family, and finances are reviewed
at length with the author concluding that the monarchy "though
illogical but functionally useful" will continue to thrive for
many more years.

James, Paul, 1958-
     At home with the Royal Family / Paul James and Peter
     Russell. -- 1st U.S. ed. -- New York : Harper & Row, c1986.
     -- 246 p. : ill.
                                                   DA590.J35 1986
 Allows a glimpse behind the scenes into the day-to-day running
of the royal household.

Lacey, Robert.
     Majesty : Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor / Robert
     Lacey. -- New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1977. --
     xxxii, 349 p., [17] leaves of plates : ill.
 Bibliography: p. 313-317.
 Addresses the first twenty-five years of the Queen's reign and
notes that the lessons learned from the abdication of Edward VIII
have greatly influenced her style as monarch.

Laird, Dorothy.
     How the Queen reigns : an authentic study of the Queen's
     personality and life work. -- Rev. ed. -- London : Pan
     Books, [1961, c1959]. -- 381 p. : ill.
                                                    DA590.L3 1961
 This is an early attempt to describe the Queen's personality and
to give an account of her multifaceted role as soverign.

Miller-Brown, Conrad.
     The Queen and her royal relations : a who's who of the royal
     families of Europe. -- London : R. Hart-Davis, [1953]. -- 47
     p. : coats of arms, geneal. tables.

Montague-Smith, Patrick W.
     The 'Country life' book of the royal silver jubilee / [by]
     Patrick Montague-Smith. -- [London] : [Hamlyn for] Country
     Life Books, [1976]. -- 176 p. : ill. (some col.), geneal.
     table, ports (some col.)
 Celebrates the royal silver jubilee by examining Queen
Elizabeth's work as sovereign.

Morrow, Ann.
     The Queen / Ann Morrow. -- 1st U.S. ed. -- New York : W.
     Morrow, 1983. -- 254 p., [24] p. of plates : ill.
                                                  DA590.M63 1983b
 Through interviews and from close observation on many royal
tours, Ann Morrow attempts to define the Queen's character.

Morrah, Dermot, 1896-
     The work of the Queen. -- London : W. Kimber, [1958] -- 191
     p. : ill.
 Discusses the duties and responsibilities of the monarch.

Packard, Jerrold M.
     The Queen & her court : a guide to the British monarchy
     today / Jerrold M. Packard. -- New York : Scribner, c1981. -
     - 234 p., [6] leaves of plates : ill.
 Bibliography: p. 222-225.
 The Queen, members of the royal family, royal homes, jewels and
ceremonies, the curt, and the peerage are discussed in this guide
to the monarchy.

Pearson, John, 1930-
     The selling of the Royal Ramily : the mystique of the
     British monarchy / John Pearson. -- New York : Simon and
     Schuster, c1986. -- 350 p., [16] p. of plates : ill.
                                                  DA28.1.P43 1986
 Suggests that the popularity of the royal family is the result
of the use of sophisticated marketing techniques. "The fact is
that the British Royal Family is the most successful PR operation
in the world, reinventing itself generation after generation,
holding the public's interest with its ceremony, personalities,
and contrasts."

                    Caricatures and Portraits

Miller, Harry Tatlock.
     Undoubted Queen / [compiled by Harry Tatlock Miller]. --
     Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, [1958]. -- 252 p. : chiefly
     ill., ports.
                                                   DA590.M5 1958a
 The Queen's early reign is revealed in this pictorial record.

Strong, Roy C.
     Cecil Beaton : the royal portraits / Roy Strong. -- New York
     : Simon and Schuster, c1988. -- 227 p. : ill. (some col.)
                                              DA28.35.W54S76 1988
 Bibliography: p. 225.
 This essay, complemented by many well known photographs, reveals
the manner in which Cecil Beaton, royal photographer, helped to
shape the modern image of the House of Windsor.

"We are amused" : the cartoonists' view of royalty / edited 
     and introduced by Peter Grosvenor ; foreword by H.R.H. The
     Prince of Wales. -- London : Bodley Head, 1978. -- 126 [2]
     p. : chiefly ill.
 Includes cartoons from an exhibition at the London Press Club,
Nov. 1977.   
 Selects cartoons which point out the foibles of the royal


Harris, John, 1931-
     Buckingham Palace and its treasures / [by] John Harris,
     Geoffrey de Bellaique [and] Oliver Miller ; introd. by John
     Russell ; photography by Lionel Bell, Kerry Dundas [and]
     Sidney Newbury. -- New York : Viking Press, [1968]. -- 320
     p. : 297 ill. (79 col.), plans, ports. -- (A studio book)
 This is an account of the history and contents of Buckingham
Palace, the Queen's administrative center.

Mackworth-Young, Robin.
     The history & treasures of Windsor Castle / Robin Mackworth-
     Young. -- 96 p. : ill. (some col.)
                                                DA690.W76M28 1982
 Traces the development of Windsor, one of the Queen's principal
homes, from its beginnings as a military outpost to its place as
royal treasure house and seat of the Windsor dynasty.


Martin, Kingsley, 1897-
     The Crown and the Establishment. -- [1st ed.] --
     Harmondsworth : Penguin in association with Hutchinson,
     1965. -- 192 p.
                                                    JN341.M3 1965
 In this critical study of the British monarchy, the author
assails the royal house for its role in serving merely as "head
of a social class and a vanishing economic order," rather than
acting as a symbol of the "new England that waits to be born."

Nairn, Tom.
     The enchanted glass : Britain and its monarchy / Tom Nairn.
     -- London : Radius, 1988. -- 402 p.
                                                   JN331.N28 1988
 Includes bibliographical references (p. 393-402).
 Contends that the monarchy is outmoded, and that republicanism
would serve Great Britain better.

                      Rites and Ceremonies

Barker, Brian, O.B.E.
     When the Queen was crowned / Brian Barker. -- 1st American
     ed. -- New York : D. McKay Co., 1976.
                                                   DA590.B26 1976
 Bibliography: p. [217]-218.
 Firsthand account, written by a senior civil servant, describes
the planning and execution of the Queen's coronation.

Brooke-Little, J.P. (John Philip)
     Royal ceremonies of state / [by] John Brooke-Little. --
     Feltham : Country Life Books ; London ; New York :
     distributed by Hamlyn Pub. Group, 1980. -- 144 p. : ill.
     (some col.), coats of arms, facsims., ports. (some col.)
 Describes the colorful ceremony and pageantry associated with
the Queen and the royal family.

Church of England. Liturgy and ritual. Coronation service.
     The music with the form and order of the service to be
     performed at the coronation of Her Most Excellent Majesty
     Queen Elizabeth II in the Abbey Church of Westminster on
     Tuesday the 2nd day of June, 1953. -- [Official ed.]. --
     London : Novello, 1953. -- vi, 183 p.
                                                 M2168.5.C82 1953

Fisher, Geoffrey Francis, Abp. of Canterbury, 1887-
     I here present unto you . . . Addresses interpreting the
     coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, given on
     various occasions by His Grace the Lord Archbishop of
     Canterbury, Primate of All England. -- London : S.P.C.K.,
     1953. -- 45 p.

A Form of prayer & of thanksgiving to Almighty God on the
     occasion of the silver jubilee of the accession of Our
     Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second. -- London :
     Cambridge University Press : Eyre and Spottiswoode : Oxford
     University Press, [1977]. -- 14 p.
 "Published with the approval of the Archbishops of Canterbury
and York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the
Moderator of the Free Church Federal Council."
 Includes bibliographical references.   


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