The Queen At 80 - Writing The Royals

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Library and bookshop shelves positively bulge with biographies about the monarchy dating back as far as the Royal institution itself. From hagiography to political salvos, their motivation and character vary enormously, yet few entertain the label 'official'.

Denys Blakeway explores the spectacle and spin involved in writing about the royals over the centuries, and talks to authors such as Philip Ziegler, Hugo Vickers and Jonathan Dimbleby about their experiences and approach.