Thursday, September 22, 2022

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

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Expect to see a surfeit of magazines and books commemorating the life of Queen Elizabeth II in North America and in the United Kingdom. Several, including the People and Life commemorative magazines, are already out on newsstands,  bookstores, and in the supermarket checkout aisles.

This article will be updated when new publications are released.  I have bought the People magazine, the People Commemorative issue, and the National Geographic magazine.  If you purchase any of these publications and anything else (through the links), I will earn a few pennies  -- really, it is a few pennies per item.  

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Under the Spell of a Myth Empress Sissi in Greece

 Stefan  Haderer's book, Under the Spell of a Myth Sissi in Greece is now available in English.

"Sisi was initially drawn to Corfu during her first marriage crisis in 1861. Almost 25 years later the Empress of Austria returns to the Greek island. Greece becomes the new home of her dreams and the white palace near Gasturi, the Achilleion, serves as the “asylum of a great wounded soul.” What are the real reasons, though, for Elisabeth’s deep attachment to the country and its people?

After many years of research, author Stefan Haderer takes us on a compelling journey. Thanks to sources so far unknown, he sheds light on Elisabeth’s life up to her tragic death as observed by those closest to her: her ten Greek readers and loyal travel companions, her ladies-in-waiting, the captain of the Miramar, and many more. On this fascinating voyage, we accompany the legendary Empress from Corfu to Athens, from the ruins of Mycenae to Troy, to the Cyclades Islands, and to areas in Western Greece barely visited by tourists."

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Courtiers by Valentine Low


Valentine Low, who covers the Royals for The Times, has a book coming out in late September.

Courtiers will be published by

Who advises the royal family, what influence do they have and how have they shaped history?

From Amazon:

Throughout history, the British monarchy has relied on its courtiers - the trusted advisers in the King or Queen's inner circle - to ensure its survival as a family, an ancient institution, and a pillar of the constitution.

Today, as ever, a vast team of people hidden from view steers the royal family's path between public duty and private life. The Queen, after a remarkable 70 years of service, is entering the final seasons of her reign without her husband Philip to guide her. Meanwhile, Charles seeks to define what his future as King will be, with his court wielding ever greater influence as he plans for his imminent accession.

The question of who is entrusted to guide the royals has never been more vital, and yet the task those courtiers face has never been more challenging. With a cloud hanging over Prince Andrew as well as Harry and Meghan's departure from royal life, the complex relationship between modern courtiers and royal principals has been exposed to global scrutiny. William and Kate - equipped with a very 21st century approach to press and public relations - now hold the responsibility of making an ancient institution relevant for the decades to come.

Courtiers reveals an ever-changing system of complex characters, shifting values and ideas over what the future of the institution should be. This is the story of how the monarchy really works, at a pivotal moment in its history."

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Kori Roff Lawrence's new book, Royal Weddings of the 1840s


From Amazon:

This book delves into the European royal weddings which took place from 1840 until 1849. This involves over a dozen royal houses from England and Russia to Spain, Austria and the various kingdoms of both a pre-unified Germany and a pre-unified Italy."

Monday, July 18, 2022

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant photo exhibit


@Harry Reichhold.  

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant

An extraordinary new photographic exhibition at London Bridge Railway Station 

By Henry Reichhold

A vibrant and colourful photographic exhibition has just opened at London Bridge Railway Station, celebrating the spectacular Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Photographer Henry Reichhold has created two huge collages from over 800 images - the artworks showcase the huge range of events that made up the Pageant and capture the excitement of the day in exquisite detail and bold bright colours. 

Explore the images and discover the big events such as the Royal Family on the balcony, and singer Ed Sheeran on stage, or look deeper to uncover the many narratives that make up the artwork that tells the whole story. The exhibition can be seen at London Bridge Station Tooley St Overground exit, and will run until the 31st of August. 

all photos @Henry Reichhold 

Please contact

Henry Reichhold for further details on or 07852 192371. 

A short film accompanying the exhibition can be viewed here:

Monday, July 11, 2022

A History of Royal Jubilees by June Woolerton


June Woolerton has written a timely book,  A History of British Royal Jubilees  (Pen & Sword), focusing on the jubilees of King George III, Queen Victoria (the first to have a Diamond Jubilee), King George V, and Queen Elizabeth II.

At Royal Central.  June is known as Lydia Starbuck.

This book is available now in the UK. It will be available for US readers in October.


Saturday, June 25, 2022

Ena and Bee


Ana de Sagrera's excellent biography, Ena y Bee is now available in English,   It has been published by Fonthill.