Book Review

‘Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne’ by Christopher Andersen

goc caSTORY: A moving and compulsively readable look into the lives, loves, relationships, and rivalries among the three women at the heart of the British royal family today: Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla Parker-Bowles, and Kate Middleton—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Good Son, These Few Precious Days, and The Day Diana Died.

One has been famous longer than anyone on the planet—a dutiful daughter, a frustrated mother, a doting grandmother, a steel-willed taskmaster, a wily stateswoman, an enduring symbol of an institution that has lasted a thousand years, and a global icon who has not only been an eyewitness to history but a part of it.

One is the great-granddaughter of a King’s mistress and one of the most famous “other women” of the modern age—a woman who somehow survived a firestorm of scorn to ultimately marry the love of her life, and in the process replace her arch rival, one of the most beloved figures of the twentieth century.

One is a beautiful commoner, the university-educated daughter of a flight attendant-turned-millionaire entrepreneur, a fashion scion the equal of her adored mother-in-law, and the first woman since King George V’s wife, Queen Mary, to lay claim to being the daughter-in-law of one future king, the wife another, and the mother of yet another.

Game of Crowns is an in-depth and exquisitely researched exploration of the lives of these three remarkable women and the striking and sometimes subtle ways in which their lives intersect and intertwine. Examining their surprising similarities and stark differences, Andersen travels beyond the royal palace walls to illustrate who these three women really are today—and how they will directly reshape the landscape of the monarchy.

REVIEW: This book is broken down into eight chapters. It studies the different personalities of Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, and Kate, their popularity with the people, and their feelings about one another.

In one chapter, there is a scenario that describes what would happen when Queen Elizabeth passes away. The funeral procession and then on to crowning the next King.

The people prefer Prince William over Prince Charles by a large margin. Charles has a reputation for being stuffy and out of touch with the people over whom he would rule. William, on the other hand, brings his mother’s caring, people-oriented personality to the throne. He is exactly whom the people want to lead their country into the future. In addition, the people love Kate and her genuineness. She is so much like Diana and has gained great approval.

And then, there is Camilla. The book appears to be honest in the background of Camilla and her long-time relationship with Charles. The book explains the history of the courtship, marriage, and divorce of Charles and Diana and how her tragic death changed the country. Charles’s long-time affair with Camilla left them both with the villain stamp of disapproval. The Queen Mother detested Camilla and refused to ever meet her. It took a very long time for Queen Elizabeth to finally consent to meet her. She tried her best to break them apart, but Charles professed to love her and refused. Their marriage has made many people quite angry. Camilla has stayed somewhat in the background, but more and more she is trying to steal the spotlight – and the crown – away from Kate. Descriptions of her shenanigans certainly leave the reader detesting her. The thought of Camilla being Queen makes many people very angry.

The Queen has not actually said whether or not she would like to see Charles passed over in favor of William being King. However, it is thought that there might be some secret agreement that Charles, provides he lives long enough, would be King for only 15 years and then abdicate in favor of William.

It is believed that Australia and Canada have remained a part of the UK due to their devotion and respect for Queen Elizabeth. But certainly. should Charles become King, we would expect them, and others, to break away and become their own Republics. Time will tell what the future will be for the monarchy.

I really enjoyed this book which lays out the possibilities of how Charles and William will rule. I’m sure everyone will have a personal opinion on this and I urge readers to read the book and discover where their opinion falls.

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