Archive for October 5th, 2012

It’s Friday so that means it is time for another bookish post.  Please join me over at Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings.  Today’s first lines comes from a genre that I usually don’t read…non-fiction, but I made an exception.  I enjoy watching or reading about Great Britain so when I saw a new biography about Queen Elizabeth II at my local library, I snatched it up.

This has been a very enlightening read about the British monarchy and what it was like growing up in that spotlight.  I know that I never would want to have to endure or my children to endure that kind of scrutiny.

Here are the first lines of “Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch” by Sarah Bedell Smith:

“At the end of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011, the radiant couple turned before walking down the aisle at Westminster Abbey and stood before his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The newlyweds were celebrated for their romantic love match, and for the young prince’s determination to marry his soul mate despite her being a “commoner” – having neither royal nor aristocratic origins. The bride and groom gave a low curtsy and neck bow to the Queen, who looked sturdy and stoic at age eighty-five.  She signaled her approval with an almost imperceptible nod.”

Sturdy and stoic are usually good adjectives to describe the Queen that the public sees, but this book takes you behind the scenes and shows you more of the real woman. 

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