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Pierre Berton on the Young Queen Elizabeth II

In 1953, Maclean’s Sent a Special Correspondent Behind the Scenes of the Royal Household. A Seven Part Series from the Pages of the Magazine

by (author) Pierre Berton & Maclean's

Rogers Publishing Limited
Initial publish date
Jun 2012
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
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In 1953, a year after Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne, Maclean's ran a seven-part series—marking her official coronation—by acclaimed author and historian Pierre Berton, entitled "The family in the palace."  It’s an intimate portrait of the private and public princess turned Queen, written almost as if he himself were a lady in waiting: "She does not pluck her eyebrows or wear bright varnish on her nails. She would rather foxtrot than rhumba. She knows her Kipling but has no affinity for Gertrude Stein." Berton also imparts a deeper understanding of the Queen by profiling her forebears, the Hanovers and Coburgs. And he concludes the series with a look at her husband, duke of Edinburgh, "the strong-willed man who will leave his stamp on the monarchy of the future." All seven of these articles, as well as an extra on "The strange rites of royalty" are included is this special Maclean's ebook, Pierre Berton on the Young Queen Elizabeth.

About the authors

Pierre Berton, well-known and well-loved Canadian author, journalist, and media personality, hailed from Whitehorse, Yukon. During his career, he wrote fifty books for adults and twenty-two for children, popularizing Canadian history and culture and reflecting on his life and times. With more than thirty literary awards and a dozen honorary degrees to his credit, Berton was also a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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