The well-known (unauthorized) biographer of Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan and Oprah Winfrey, investigates the House of Windsor, starting with King George V who created the House of Windsor to rid the British monarchy of its German ancestry before World War I, through the abdication of King Edward VIII, the reign of King George VI and the marriage, coronation and life of Queen Elizabeth II. Royal insiders, including friends of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Margaret share stories about the personal lives of every member of the royal family, including Princess Diana.
The Royals by Kitty Kelley, $11.55, amazon.com
After falling in love with Prince Philip of Greece at the age of 13, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) knew that her Prince Charming was the handsome naval officer. The couple married in 1947 at Westminster Abbey. This biography of the Queen of England and her consort shows how the couple are perfect for each other and how Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh has supported his wife for the past 63 years.
Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage by Gyles Brandreth, $11.53, amazon.com
Prince Charles fell in love with Camilla Shand after meeting her in the 1970s but the two did not marry at the time. The world now knows how after his marriage to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 the Prince of Wales maintained a relationship with the then married Camilla Parker-Bowles. After both Prince Charles and Camilla divorced, and Princess Diana died, the two became a public couple and were married in a civil ceremony in 2005. This biography of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall tells the story of these two lovers with insight from friends and relatives of the couple.
Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair by
Gyles Brandreth, $11.21, amazon.com
Published weeks before the engagement announcement of Prince William to Kate Middleton, the Royal Correspondent for the Mail on Sunday writes about the lives of the "heir and the spare." Nicholl covers their childhood, schooling, the loss of their mother Princess Diana and their lives in the Royal Air Force as well as their love lives – Prince William's relationship with Kate Middleton and Prince Harry's with Chelsy Davey.
William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls by Katie Nicholl
Published in 2006, royal correspondent Robert Johnson analyzes the future of the monarchy and how the Palace and Clarence House are working to ensure a seamless transition for Kate Middleton into the royal family and media spotlight. The book also discusses the transition of Prince Charles and Prince William to their roles as the future Kings of England.
William's Princess: The Love Story that will Change the Royal Family Forever by Robert Jobson, $24.95, amazon.com
In this biography of the future Queen of England, and published months before an official engagement was announced, Claudia Joseph examines the genealogy of the Kate Middleton's family, tracing her family history to the 19th century where her ancestors worked as miners. Kate is based on interviews with close friends and relatives and includes stories of Kate's childhood, schooling, family life and her romance with Prince William.
Kate: Kate Middleton: Princess in Waiting by Claudia Joseph, $12.58, bn.com
Christopher Andersen who has written about the lives of Princess Diana, Barak and Michelle Obama, John F. and Jackie Kennedy and Michael Jackson, tells the story of the decade-long romance of Prince William to his college sweetheart, Kate Middleton. In addition to the story of how this young couple met, fell in love and were able to stay together in spite of media scrutiny, Andersen also shares details of what the Queen has planned for their future, information on threats to their lives and how Prince William's role as confidant and adviser to his late mother shaped his relationship with Kate.
William and Kate: The Love Story, Christopher Andersen, $17.16, amazon.com
The storybook romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton are shown through over 200 photographs taken by Robin Nunn, who has been photographing the royal family since the 1980s. This book will be published on March 1, 2011, but can be pre-ordered at the link below.
William & Kate: Celebrating a Royal Romance by Robin Nunn, $17.79, amazon.com