Seventy years ago, the British media heralded the arrival of “a new Elizabethan age,” and between February and June, 2022, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Elizabeth II remains the final link between Britain and its imperial past. This lecture will highlight the personal and the political history of Elizabeth’s reign, how she learned from previous monarchs as she navigated the post-World War II world, and the relationship between the monarchy to modern media: from television to the internet. We will also discuss the Queen’s often troubled relationship with the tabloids, Royal triumphs and scandals, and what the future may hold for the next generation of monarchs.
Crown & Sceptre: A New History of the British Monarchy, from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II, by Tracy Borman
The Last Queen: Elizabeth II’s Seventy Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor, by Clive Irving
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, by Sally Bedell Smith
Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy, by David Starkey
- What makes Elizabeth II unique as Queen?
- How did the British public’s relationship to monarchy change as the nation became more democratic in the Twentieth Century? Why do the tabloids have so much influence in the lives of the Royal family?
- What do you think awaits the monarchy as Elizabeth II nears the end of her reign?
- Why are Americans so fascinated with British royalty?