Elizabeth II, Queen of Laughs

(10 customer reviews)


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By the author of "1000 Years of Annoying the French", "A Year in the Merde" and "How the French Won Waterloo, or Think They Did".
The Sex Pistols famously sang that the Queen "ain’t no human being". And seeing her frowning beneath the weight (1.9kg) of her crown and ceremonial robes, you might believe it. But in fact, Elizabeth II has a sharp sense of humour that she deploys even at moments of great ceremony. Back in 1953, as she entered Westminster Abbey for her coronation to begin, she told the Archbishop of Canterbury "give me a push to get me started". When she welcomed French President Sarkozy to Windsor Castle in 2008, she met him in a carriage pulled by horses called Agincourt and Zut Alors. And to read out the government’s speech announcing Brexit in 2017, she wore a royal blue hat decorated with yellow-centred flowers – the colours of the European Union flag. Behind the severe façade, there is clearly something wickedly witty going on. This book is a compilation of anecdotes about the Queen and her family (including that champion of the royal gaffe, Prince Philip), detailing all the quips, tricks and practical jokes that lighten their otherwise heavily formal lives. As the Queen herself once said when asked about her garish outfits: "If I wore beige, no one would see me."

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07DKK2WDB
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Stephen Clarke (June 5, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 5, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4691 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 149 pages

10 reviews for Elizabeth II, Queen of Laughs

  1. pftwanger

    Breezy, affectionate, very human portrait
    Clarke does a nice job of establishing her majesty’s personality as a youth and shows how well it served her throughout her life. I especially enjoyed the attention paid to Prince Phillip’s inadvertent witticisms, and the author’s singular take on the events surrounding Princess Diana’s death and the reasons that the Queen behaved as she did. Highly recommended!

  2. Brig

    Great little book for a”Royal” fan
    I really Enjoyed the insight of a Queen with a great sense of humor Great little book for a”Royal” fan

  3. booklover

    Light reading, great for vacation time
    If you are a fan of the royal family this would be an enjoyable book. The quick stories cover a bit of Elizabeth I up to the current time.

  4. R. Logan

    A good read.
    A well written and witty book.

  5. Mélomane 74

    Finny & witty.
    Funny, witty but not the highest literary style… But was it the aim ?

  6. Kirsten Erlenbruch

    Very funny
    A very funny book full of anecdotes of the Queen and her family. A good and amusing read.

  7. Dave Fall

    Very topical right now!
    Factual read, not quite up to the usual standard of Clarke writing …

  8. h h mackay

    Light hearted short read
    If you want to read a book that’s not heavy or has a complicated plot and if you don’t mind the Royal Family this is worth the read. Funny and eye opening you will learn some things you may not have known about the Queen.

  9. Wanting the Best

    Short, breezy and Stephen Clarke at his best
    You can’t beat Stephen Clarke for sheer entertainment and delightful histories and curiosities. This wonderful book is stuffed with anecdotes but gets more serious on subject Diana. My only gripe is that it’s too short, leaving one begging for more. In fact one can’t help thinking that Stephen originally wanted to write a fully-fledged royal book like his “Dirty Bertie” but either ran out of material or interest. Whatever, there are plenty more Stephen Clarke books to buy afterwards and they are all brilliant.

  10. bleuclair

    un éclairage intéressant sur la reine et la famille royale .
    La famille royale d’Angleterre :qu’y a-t-il derrière ces personnages empesés dans leurs fonctions.
    lecture divertissante de petites histoires.
    Pas le meilleur livre de Stephen Clark cependant

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