WIN a Copy of Royal Audience by David Charter

Royal Audience by David Charter
Royal Audience by David Charter


In Royal Audience: 70 Years, 13 Presidents – One Queen’s Special Relationship with America, British native and current U.S. Editor of The Times of London, David Charter shares the in-depth history of Queen Elizabeth II’s extraordinary and varied personal bonds she developed over her seventy-year reign with thirteen U.S. presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, both Bush Sr. and Jr., Clinton, Obama, Trump, and Biden – a relationship that other diplomats and leaders could only dream of.

From the moment she first enchanted the world as a youthful princess, Queen Elizabeth II found a unique place in American hearts, and she also played an unprecedented role in forging transatlantic ties.

Royal Audience, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, peels back the curtain on the “special relationship” between the US and the UK as embodied by the Queen herself, charting Queen Elizabeth II’s distinctive brand of one-to-one diplomacy through the eyes of those who experienced it first hand.

She went horse-riding with Ronald Reagan, shared her recipe for scones with Dwight D. Eisenhower, and fostered a kinship with the Bushes and the Obamas. Not all royal encounters with US presidents went smoothly, though. Between Jackie Kennedy’s complaints about Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother’s shock at being kissed on the lips by Jimmy Carter, there was never a dull moment.

Enthusiasts of presidents, history, and international relations will be captivated with Her Majesty’s interactions with her US counterparts that often acted as a restorative tonic for relations between two nations, even when political tensions ran high.

America and Great Britain are fundamentally bound together by deep cultural and political ties and Queen Elizabeth II’s sense of duty and service remained steadfast, and her iconic legacy is unlikely to be repeated.

Kirkus Reviews said: “This book serves as a handy reference to the mechanics behind maintaining the unique relationship between Britain and the US. Charter provides a wealth of stories about Elizabeth II and the 13 presidents she knew – and often charmed.”

Thanks to the generosity of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, we have five copies of a Royal Audience to give away.

To discover more about the ‘special relationship’ between Queen Elizabeth II and the US, and to be in with a chance of winning, just answer this simple question.

What year did President John F Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy first meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace?

A: 1961
B: 1962
C: 1963

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