Queen of the World
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As well as being the most famous woman in the world, Elizabeth II is also one of the most respected world leaders of our age. It’s not just about longevity. It’s about leading by example for longer than most of the human race has been alive. When Barack Obama sought to sum up greatness in our times, he picked two examples: the Queen and Nelson Mandela, two titans who ‘find no need to posture or traffic in what’s popular’. As it happens, his two examples would become firm friends and allies. What Obama touched on, and what those closest to the Queen understand, is that what might look like an exercise in pomp and majesty has actually been a struggle. It has been anything but easy – with scheming politicians, despots, grave crises and very considerable dangers throwing up challenges and obstacles through nearly seven decades. Yet Elizabeth II has made her mark far beyond her own realms and far beyond the Commonwealth many regard as her greatest achievement. With extensive access to the inner royal circle for his new book, the veteran royal commentator, Robert Hardman explains why millions of people who have never met her – and even those who owe her no allegiance – still regard her, quite simply, as Queen of the World.
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