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The Queen and Di : the untold story
Seward, Ingrid.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Arcade Publishing, 2001.

Physical Description:
262 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, portraits (chiefly color) ; 25cm
General Note:
"First published 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers, U.K."--T.p. verso.
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DA591.A45 D53627 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
DA591.A45 D53627 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
DA591.A45 D53627 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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Revealing the real woman behind the fairy-tale princess, "The Queen & Di" is written by the editor of "Majesty" magazine. "A surprisingly fresh addition to the mountain of biographies of the late Princes of Wales. . . . Well-written, guilt-free treat."--"Kirkus Reviews." of color and b & w photos. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Author Notes

Ingrid Seward has written about the British royal family for almost two decades. She is the author of eight books on the subject, and is the editor in chief of Majesty magazine. She lives in London

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Seward, editor of Majesty magazine and an esteemed royalty watcher, presents an understanding dual portrait of the present British sovereign and the glamorous but troubled woman who, until her violent and untimely death, was the wife of the heir to the throne. The author naturally looks into the lives of the queen and the late princess of Wales before they came into close contact with one another, but the primary focus of the book is the nature of the relationship between the two women as mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. Seward displays no rancor toward anyone involved in this complicated story, but neither does she whitewash what happened or attempt to downplay anyone's involvement in the headline-grabbing events. Diana was unhappy in her marriage very early on, which she did not hesitate to share with the queen. And, for her part, Her Majesty, according to Seward, was far more sympathetic to her daughter-in-law's problems than generally has been presumed. Amid a sea of salacious books about Diana and the royal family, this one is most credible. --Brad Hooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

It is hard to imagine a need for yet another look at the short, glamorous, tabloid-trashy life of Diana, Princess of Wales, but this in-depth analysis of the princess's rise and fall distinguishes itself with its restraint, psychological insight and abundant insider knowledge while never veering very far from good gossip. Steward, who has written seven books on the British royal family and was editor of Majesty magazine for 17 years, has had personal relationships with many of her subjects and often speaks from the position of a critical insider. In her account, Queen Elizabeth II extended herself time and again to her new daughter-in-law, and was at times Diana's lone defender within the royal family, until Diana's self-absorption and cultivation of the media in her public relations war with her husband alienated her. Steward is unafraid to make judgments: when Charles asks Di, "Why can't you be more like Fergie? Why can't you be more jolly?" she deems it "not a kind question." She's also more then happy to detail royal failings (such as Charles's inability to satisfy his wife on their wedding night and later), but generally prefers an empathetic and kind view of her subjects. While Steward provides little new material here, her book is filled with the details and minutiae of private lives, which should keep royal watchers more than happy. 16 pages of color photos. Agent, Mike Shaw, Curtis Brown, Ltd. (Apr.)Forecast: Celebrations of the late princess have proven more popular than the latest crop of tell-alls, making the publisher's announced 40,000-copy first printing appear optimistic. Still, this measured look at court intrigue will do well if Steward's six-city author tour and TV satellite tour succeeds in reaching those interested in the most informed tattling on the royal family. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prelude - Kensingtonp. 1
1 Calling Deesidep. 11
2 First Impressionsp. 34
3 From Balmoral to Sandringhamp. 58
4 Childhood Comparisonsp. 71
5 Riding for a Fallp. 85
6 Adulationp. 105
7 Double Standardsp. 130
8 Cries for Helpp. 150
9 Annus Horribilisp. 172
10 Separationp. 205
11 Withdrawalp. 231
12 Buckingham Palacep. 244
Postscriptp. 249
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 253