Although she has been written about hundreds of times during her long 60-year reign, Elizabeth the Queen is an excellent overview of the life of Elizabeth. Since the author had access to materials and was able to spend time with the Queen and Prince Philip, Ms. Smith was able to introduce information never before published. She also highlights Elizabeth's great devotion to the crown, Great-Britain and the Commonwealth while giving the reader an honest look at the not always positive effect on her children. She does show, however, that Elizabeth has learned from past mistakes by being more human and flexible with her grand-children. Highly recommended in this year of her Jubilee.