Here is a royal book with a difference. It is a family saga showing the monarchy
from the death of Queen Victoria to the present day. But rather than just an account
of the reign of the five 20th-
The main theme explores the way in which, in over eighty years, the royal family has adapted to changing times in order not only to survive but to enhance its position in national and international life. It is an account of a royal house in the state of continuous transition; of a family deeply concerned with making itself relevant to contemporary life while retaining its essential element of mystique.
Many other interesting themes also emerge: the education and upbringing of the royal
children, the reconciling of public obligations with private inclinations, the constitutional
position of the monarch, the frustrations of heirs-
Theo Aronson in writing this book has received an exceptional degree of cooperation
from the Palace. He has been granted audiences with members of four generations of
the royal family: the late Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, the Queen Mother,
Princess Margaret and the Prince of Wales. He has also had help from members of the
various royal households — secretaries, comptrollers, press secretaries, equerries
The late C. P. Snow has described Theo Aronson's writing as 'bright with intelligence and human wisdom... very highly recommended'.