A look at the life of the Queen by a political scientist. This book is not gossipy or journalistic. It seeks to understand the role the Queen has played in British life for almost a century (with nearly 70 years as Queen), as a bulwark of stability and duty. It looks at her relationships with politicians, but also with her family and Diana. Important background to understanding why Diana was initially seen as such a boon for the royal family and why, ultimately, she was unable to fit in to the institution in the way she was expected to.