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on 8 November 2010
I bought this for my mum who is an ardent royalist. She loved it, and raved about the details it contained about the everyday workings of the royal household. I never usually read this type of book but picked it up whilst staying at mum's and actually it is a very interesting read. It is largely a collection of factual information detailing all the intricacies of palace life, why the Queen's bed sheets are longer than Prince Phillip's, which royals are nicest to their servants, the fact that the Queen refuses to wear a seatbelt etc. etc. There is no over the top gushing sentimentality here, nor any critical damning of the royals. It's just a very well researched, very well informed account of the way British royalty works delivered in an easy to read, well written style. Great for royal admirers, useful for those just interested in how things work `behind palace doors'.
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on 14 January 2003
A fascinating insight into how Buckingham Palace functions. The book covers all aspects of how life is organised for the Royal Family, from transport to the detail that goes into organising State Banquets. The reason I have a high regard for Brian Hoey is that unlike so many other Royal commentators he doesn't write in a gossipy fashion and avoids making a series of assumptions, which unfortunately many others have to resort to.
A must have for any Monarchist!
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At Home with The Queen is a great book and very easy to read. Not many countries have a Royal Family, so we in Great Britain are very lucky to have them.

This book gives an amazing insight into the Queen and Prince Philip's way of life, not only at Buckingham Palace but also at the other Royal Residences. Their lives are steeped in history and tradition that is unique to our history.

Among the information therein, is The Good Old Days, Invitation to the Palace, Likes and Dislikes, Royal Travel, The Royal Purse, Royal Shopping Lists and so much more. Did you know that the Queen's bedsheets are 6" longer than those of Prince Philip? Why does the Queen not allow square icecubes in her drinks? What is it like to work for the Royal Household? How many do they employ? Who is the best boss? All will be revealed in the pages of this fascinating and intersting book.

It is a great read for those of us who are British and it is a great read for any friends or relatives living abroad that have an interest in our Heritage and the Royal Family. One thing to be remembered is that this book was published in 2003 so there have been some changes in the Royal Family since then.
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on 10 August 2011
i really enjoyed this book.....but there again....i am a great royalist and love reading all the biographies and anything i can find in magazines and newspapers. the queen does a marvelous job and i am a great admirer of all that she stands for. what other OAPs work as hard as the queen and prince phillip at their ages? absolutely incredible.

this book is well written, informative and interesting. yes....i highly recommend it.
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on 3 July 2014
Packed full of information, some of which you may know, some surprising and some downright astonishing. Covers just about everything, including palaces, royal train and staff comments and observations.
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on 1 April 2014
If you love the Royal family, and perhaps specifically the Queen, this is an interesting and enjoyable book. My Mum (aka a Queen fan!) rates this one of the best 'Queen' books she's read!
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on 25 July 2014
Interesting book - a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than anyone realizes. A world away from what most of us know, but it makes me glad we're us and not them.
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on 14 November 2013
nothing really new for old bioigraphy Readers like me. Still nice as a secture to fall asleep with in bed
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on 5 October 2011
An excellent read, compelling with a real insight into working for the Royal Family.Easy to get into, very easy to stay there.
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on 25 February 2011
This book is very interesting. There are very small parts which are quite boring (like half a chapter), but overall a brilliant book that gives an amazing insight into the royal household. It really is 5/5!
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