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Great Lives Lecture Series: Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally B. Smith

The University of Mary Washington's 2013 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, April 2, with a lecture on Queen Elizabeh II by Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth, the Queen:

"As a child, 'Lilibet,' as she was called, became the 'heiress presumptive' to the British throne when her uncle abdicated. As a teenager she was photographed repairing Army trucks during World War II and standing with Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on VE Day. Since ascending to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of worldwide fascination and scrutiny. Sally Bedell Smith’s lecture will examine both the personal and public aspects of her remarkable sixty-year reign, revealing not only her resolve and her commitment to duty, but her oft-overlooked sense of humor and lively personality."

Find out more about this lecture on the University of Mary Washington's web site.

All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are held at 7:30pm, in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, and are free and open to the public.

For more on this topic, check out these items from the library:

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally B. Smith (book and eBook)
Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace. 
Master biographer Carolly Erickson turns her skill at writing un-put-downable narrative to telling the remarkable story of Elizabeth II, Queen of England. With her customary psychological insight, historian Erickson traces the queen's gilded but often thorny path from her overprotected girlhood to her ascension to the throne at twenty-five to her personal and national difficulties as queen. 
The Queen produced by Andy Harries, Christine Langan, & Stacey Seaward (DVD)
A moving portrait of Queen Elizabeth II after the death of Princess Diana.
Elizabeth II, one of England's longest-reigning monarchs, is an enigma. In public, she confines herself to optimistic pieties and guarded smiles; in private, she is wry, funny, and an excellent mimic. Now, for the first time, one of Britain's leading journalists and historians gets behind the mask and tells us the fascinating story of the real Elizabeth.  
A Year With the Queen by Robert Hardman 
This companion book to the BBC 1... documentary series focuses on the working lives of the most famous family in the world both at home and abroad...[T]he author seeks to answer the monumental question: "What does the monarchy do?"  
Biographical essays and literary criticism are available online through the library’s databases.  Visit