On 2 June 1953, 27-year-old Princess Elizabeth of York was crowned Queen, the eyes of the world upon her as she dedicated herself to her country. It is fascinating to look back over the sixty years since then and see how this remarkable woman, decade by decade, has brought the monarchy into the modern world, earning admiration and respect for her unerring sense of duty, her determination to innovate, her tremendous dignity, integrity and wisdom. Drawing from his own experience and time spent with the royal family, alongside additional meticulous research, Alan Titchmarsh observes the woman, the mother and the monarch. He explores key moments in her reign, both personal to her and in a wider historical context, and traces how our relationship with the royal family has developed and morphed, gone through ups and downs, but is arguably now stronger than ever in this very special Diamond Jubilee year. Packed with wonderful memorabilia and rarely seen archive photography, Elizabeth: Her Life, Our Times defines an era, pays tribute to our inexhaustable Queen and celebrates the example of responsibility, loyalty and patriotism she has set for generations past, present and future. She is an inspiration to us all.
Alan Titchmarsh is an author and television presenter who has written and presented programmes on diverse subjects including natural history, gardening and the royal family. He is the author of more than 40 gardening books; three bestselling autobiographies and a number of bestselling novels. He also writes for the Sunday Express. Alan has presented the annual coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC for 25 years. He was appointed a Member of the British Empire in 2000. In 2011 he interviewed Prince Philip for the Prince's 90th birthday celebrations, and has also interviewed The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and other members of the royal family.