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King George VI, Eleanor Roosevelt, & Queen Elizabeth
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Books About the Queen Mother

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The Queen Mother

The Queen Mother by William Shawcross. The official biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, based on unrestricted access to her personal papers, letters, and diaries.

Counting One's Blessings: The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother edited by William Shawcross. Queen Elizabeth was a prolific correspondent, and her letters offer insight into the person behind the public face.

The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Lady Colin Campbell. Promises "stunning revelations" about the Queen Mother, wife of George VI and mother of Elizabeth II.

The Queen Mum's World

Backstairs Billy: The Life of William Tallon, the Queen Mother's Most Devoted Servant by Tom Quinn. Biography of the shopkeeper's son who worked for the Queen Mother for more than 50 years. He was charming, amusing, occasionally bitchy -- and promiscuous.

Behind Palace Doors by Colin Burgess. The Queen Mother did not give one media interview in her 101 years. This is a glimpse into her world by her former equerry (personal attendant).

The Final Curtsey by Margaret Rhodes. Autobiography of the Queen's first cousin and bridesmaid, who also acted as lady-in-waiting the Queen Mother, her aunt.

The Rich Spoils of Time by Frances Campbell-Preston, edited by Hugo Vickers. An account of the life of Frances Campbell-Preston, who was lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother from 1965 to 2002.

Royal Racing: The Queen and Queen Mother's Sporting Life by Sean Smith is about the abiding passion of Elizabeth II and her mother for horse racing. This illustrated account of their achievements is rich in anecdotes from key figures of the racing world.

The Garden of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by the Marchioness of Salisbury.

A Taste of Mey by Christina Murray. Recipes and memories inspired by the Castle of Mey Caithness, home of the late Queen Mother. Foreword written by Prince Charles.

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George VI

George VI by Denis Judd. Biography of the shy, insecure man who unexpectedly became a strong leader. Information from newly available sources reveals the king's character and his relationships with his wife and brother.

George VI: The Dutiful King by Philip Ziegler. George VI was not born to be king, but he made an admirable one, and was the figurehead of the nation at the time of its greatest trial, the Second World War.

The Last Hurrah: The 1947 Royal Tour of Southern Africa and the End of Empire by Graham Viney. This book about the 1947 royal tour of southern Africa also offers an intimate portrait of King George VI and his family.

The King's Speech

The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi. Book (published before the movie version) about how an unorthodox speech therapist saved the house of Windsor.

The King's War: The Friendship of George VI and Lionel Logue During World War II by Peter Conradi and Mark Logue. This sequel to The King's Speech takes the king and his speech therapist through the war to victory and beyond.

The King's Speech: The Shooting Script by David Seidler. Screenplay for the highly successful movie about King George VI and his speech therapist. Includes an introduction by screenwriter David Seidler, the complete script, photos, and cast and crew credits.

The Second World War

The Royal Family at War by Theo Aronson. Examines the contribution made by King George VI and the entire royal family during the Second World War.

Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII by Deborah Cadbury. In 1936, Britain's fate rested in the hands of George V's sons: stammering George VI, dull-witted Prince Henry, too-glamorous Prince George, and the Duke of Windsor, deemed a Nazi-sympathizer and traitor to his own country.

Churchill and the King: The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI by Kenneth Weisbrode. Despite their vast differences, the King and Churchill met weekly. Together they guided Britain through war while inspiring hope in the monarchy, Parliament, and the nation itself.

The King's Private Army by Andrew Stewart. During the Second World War an elite bodyguard was established to protect the British royal family in the event of a German invasion. This study draws on previously unseen documents, interviews and archival material.

The Roosevelts and the Royals: Franklin and Eleanor, the King and Queen of England, and the Friendship That Changed History by Will Swift. Tells the true story of the friendship that developed between George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), and American president Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor.

Britain and 1940: History, Myth, and Popular Memory by Malcolm Smith. Describes the varied ways in which the myths of 1940 have impacted on British politics and attitudes to the outside world since.

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The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen by Karen Harper. 1939. As the wife of the King George VI, Elizabeth holds many powerful cards. She's also hiding secrets that could be her undoing.

Books for Children

The Queen Mother: Grandmother of a Nation by Richard Wood and Sara Wood. Biography for children between the ages of 9 and 12.

Elizabeth the Queen Mother Paper Dolls by Tom Tierney.

Movies & Documentaries

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Portrait of a Great Lady; Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Two documentaries about the long-lived queen, who was the wife of George VI and the mother of Elizabeth II.

The King's Speech. 2010 film about King George VI's struggle to overcome stuttering. Colin Firth won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as the king. Helena Bonham Carter plays Queen Elizabeth (later known as the Queen Mother). This movie won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Bertie and Elizabeth: The Reluctant Royals - The Story of King George VI & Queen Elizabeth. James Wilby (Gosford Park) and Juliet Aubrey (Middlemarch) portray the reluctant royals who became king and queen of England when Edward VIII gave up the throne for the woman he loved.

King Geoge VI: The Man Behind the King Speech . This 2011 documentary contains footage of King George VI s reign, including his coronation speech.

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