Original Title: Still Reigning
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Duckworth Overlook
Number of Pages: 272
First Sentence: “Queen of sixteen sovereign nations, Head of the Commonwealth of 54 independent states, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Defender of the Faith, wife to the DoE, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Sixty years on the throne. Only the second monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. It’s been a challenge, one doesn’t mind telling you. But despite it all, one’s still here. Still keeping the ship afloat, still in charge, still iconic, still keeping the gin industry in business, still ruling the world. Still reigning. God Save One. On Politics and State Occasions: ‘Winston Churchill used to write the best speeches, of course. In those days, before TV cameras in the house, one could have a bit of fun and read them out in assorted accents. One’s Gandhi impression had the Lords in tears of laughter once. Those were the days.’ On the Royal Birth: Traditionally, of course, royal births were witnessed by the Home Secretary and Archbishop of Canterbury, but we’ve decided that they needn’t bother this time, although William promised to text them a photo from his iPhone, just to put their minds at rest, on the strict understanding that they didn’t upload it to Facebook. The last thing we need is a French magazine publishing them.’ On America: ‘One thinks of them as a mother thinks of a teenage boy: with a mixture of pride and exasperation. Although there is no denying that the American division of the British Armed forces has been awfully useful over time, even if they do have a habit of turning up late for wars and then taking the credit.’
I really enjoyed this book. It was different from the first as in it wasn’t written as a diary this time but more as a presentation of different aspects of being Queen. Obviously, it is satire but by using actual events from the lives of the royal family, the author manages to make it real. One (hehe) can almost believe that this is actually what goes on behind the scenes, despite it being very over the top throughout most of the book. I found myself snickering at several things in this book and was entertained from the first page.
What is problematic for me, just like with the first book, is that since I’m not English nor live in England, some references goes right over my head. Otherwise, it is fun and an entertaining read.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.