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    Paola Calvetti


Elizabeth II – Portrait of a Queen.

Author: Paola Calvetti

Elizabeth II’s long reign is the enigmatic story of a shy and unapproachable woman whose acceptance of her destiny and passionate defence of the crown became her greatest reason for living as well as an impenetrable shield.
Sensible young girl, budding heir to the throne, Queen in every ounce of her being, distant mother, unpopular and later beloved sovereign, the utmost expression of a duty and composure in moments of discord and disorder: these are the elements that make a legend. But Calvetti also sketches an intimate profile of Elizabeth: her love for Philip, and the true or presumed “special friends” they have both had; her deep bonds with her father and uncontrollable sister Margaret; her complicated relationships with her own numerous family, too often the source of gossip and scandalous revelations as well as her iconic fashion style, especially her hats.

The one steady and revealing element in her life is photography, which has accompanied her on her long journey as a sovereign and through the iconography of the century. It is the only stage on which the Queen has truly revealed herself to us, acquiescing to the universal laws of light and the practical needs of portrait artists, not only to tell the story of the magnificent Windsors but also to bear witness to the monarchy’s role in a constant evolving society.

A compelling, rigorously researched portrait of the real woman behind the lens, based on diaries, international articles, diaries and accounts, which paint the portrait of the elements that make this 92 year old woman, an icon of the century.

Publisher: Mondadori
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 268

Foreign Rights

(Piper Verlag)




Paola Calvetti studied at the Alessandro Manzoni Language School in Milan, where she was born and raised. After graduating with a degree in arts, music, and theater from the University of Bologna, she worked as a performing-arts reporter for La Reppublica newspaper. She created and curated The Dance, a series that focuses on the 20 most important dancers and choreographers of the 20th century, and has written essays on both music and dance for The Scala Editions, where she was Head of the Press Office from 1993 to 1997. In 1996, she edited the book Riccardo Muti: Ten Years at The Scala. From 1997 to 1999, she was the Chief Press Officer at Baldini & Castoldi Publishing House. She was the Director of Communications of the Fabrizio Ferri Group from 1999 to 2003, and the Director of Communications of the Italian Touring Club from 2003 to 2009. She appeared on Rai3’s Linea Notte con la Rubbrica from 2009 to 2010 with her recommended reading list of love stories. She is currently the Marketing and Communications Director of the new Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

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