7 Royal Books By UK Authors To Read When You've Finished 'The Crown'
Series three of The Crown was everything I wanted it to be and just as good as its first instalment. If you’re anything like me then you’ll have polished off every episode in one sitting. If you’re now at a bit of a loss as to how to fill your time, here are seven royals books by UK authors to read once you’ve finished The Crown.
They may be public servants but the royals are pretty private when it comes to matters of family and home. The Crown opened up the doors of Buckingham Palace in a perfectly dramatic fashion. While being the Queen may not be as dramatic on a daily basis as Olivia Colman makes it look, it’s hard not to become fascinated by the royals, as a family and as individuals, after watching The Crown. If you’ve finished the series but want to know more, here are seven books to pick up to get your royal fix.
1. ‘Ma’am Darling’ by Craig Brown
The Crown may focus on Queen Elizabeth’s reign but one of the most fabulously audacious people featured is Princess Margaret. Undeniably glamorous, she was a royal with celeb status and connections. So much is written about her beauty, wit, and charm and if The Crown's made you super curious about the Queen's sister then Ma’am Darling is the hilarious biography that uncovers the many angles and sides to Princess Margaret.
2. ‘The Diamond Queen’ by Andrew Marr
We may not see the Queen’s influence directly in how the country is shaped but if The Crown showed anything, it's that she’s never far from the frontline of the state. The Diamond Queen by broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr explores how the Queen has worked alongside Prime Ministers and governments, her relationship with the Commonwealth, and he makes the argument that she’s the Queen that modernised the monarchy.
3. ‘Forgotten Royal Women’ by Erin Lawless
We may be most accustomed to living under a Queen but for centuries royal women have taken a background role, serving and supporting Kings. In Erin Lawless’s Forgotten Royal Women she tells the story of the princess who was kidnapped by pirates, the duchess found guilty of procuring love potions, and the queen who was imprisoned in a castle for decades to name a few. The 30 stories will have you questioning how the women they document took a backseat to the men of history for so long.
4. 'Philip and Elizabeth' by Gyles Brandreth
The Crown has so far primarily been about the Queen's reign. But it also dramatises her relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh, giving people a little insight into what a marriage in the biggest spotlight of all must be like. If you want to know more, Philip and Elizabeth goes back to both of the royal's childhoods, explores how they met, and how they’ve sustained a marriage under immense pressure for so long.
5. ‘Princess Margaret: A Life of Contrasts’ by Christopher Warwick
Christopher Warwick describes Princess Margaret as “one of the most controversial royal figures of the twentieth century" in Princess Margaret: A Life of Contrasts and, if The Crown is anything to go by, that’s no understatement. If you’re as obsessed with the charismatic princess then Warwick's account highlights how complex her life and obligation to service was, her famous connections and fabulous parties, and all the incredible work she did before her untimely death.
6. ‘On Duty With the Queen’ by Dickie Arbiter
If you liked The Crown for all the behind the scenes stories and insights it gave you into royal life, then you need to get your hands on On Duty With The Queen by Dickie Arbiter. As the former press secretary for the royal family Arbiter knows just about everything there is to know about Buckingham Palace and the day to day goings on of its inhabitants. Arbiter has been at the forefront of the decision-making at the Palace, monitoring the public perception and knowledge of the Crown. He explains what it was like working for one of the most famous families on the planet.
7. ‘The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves’ by Andrew Lownie
The Windsors are potentially the most famous family in British history. However, The Crown highlighted the influences of other families on the monarchy and one in particular stands out. Dickie Mountbatten was fundamental in the union of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen and was heralded as a great leader. The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves tells the story of Prince Philip's family in greater detail. While The Crown may make the Queen look like she’s the only one with family drama the Mountbattens are in no shortage of their own.
The Crown fans have no need to despair. Whether you want wild tales royal women in decades gone by or to learn a little bit more about the Queen who has been monarch for over 60 years, there’s so many great royal books to sink your teeth into.