Congratulations to Prince William of Wales and Katherine Middleton on the occasion of their marriage in Westminster Abbey this morning! Many have described the wedding as a “fairy tale come true” because Kate entered the Abbey a commoner and left it a royal princess. Today, let’s celebrate princes and princesses and the British royal family with some great books!
The last major royal wedding in Britain was that of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. See photos from the wedding and the rest of Diana’s life in The Diana years by People Magazine (921 Diana), or learn more about her and her relationship with her sons in Diana’s boys: William and Harry and the mother they loved by Christoper Andersen (920 And).
Of course, William’s grandmother is the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. You can learn about her reign (one of the longest in British history) in Queen and country: the fifty-year reign of Elizabeth II by William Shawcross (941.085 Sha).
There’s more British royalty lurking in the biography section: The unruly queen: the life of Queen Caroline by Flora Fraser (921 Caroline) – wife of King George IV; Eleanor of Aquitaine: a life by Alison Weir (921 Eleanor) – wife of King Henry II and mother of King Richard the Lion-heart; Henry VIII: the King and his court by Alison Weir; Behind the mask: the life of Queen Elizabeth I by Jane Resh Thomas (921 Elizabeth).
Moving over to historical fiction, try:
- Nine days a queen: the short life and reign of Lady Jane Grey by Ann Rinaldi (FIC Rinaldi): A fictional autobiography of Lady Jane Grey in which she tells the story of her life, from age nine to sixteen when she was executed after being Queen of England for only nine days.
- Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer (FIC Meyer) – Mary Tudor, who would reign briefly as Queen of England during the mid 16th-century, tells the story of her troubled childhood as daughter of King Henry VIII.
- The daughter of time by Josephine Tey (FIC Tey) – Alan Grant, an injured policeman currently hospitalized and bored, searches for the truth behind the belief that Richard III murdered the little princes in the Tower.
All the history and historical fiction can get a little … dramatic. Lighten up with some fictional princes and princesses like these:
- The princess bride: S. Morgenstern’s classic tale of true love and high adventure: the “good parts” version by William Goldman (FIC Goldman) – The most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince in the world.
- Pulling princes by Tyne O’Connell (FIC O’Connell) – Hoping to become more popular at her English boarding school, 15-year-old Californian Calypso Kelly invents a fake boyfriend, until she realizes that her wit and skill at fencing may be enough to attract the attention of a real-life prince.
- The princess diaries series by Meg Cabot (FIC Cabot) – Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to live a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.
This is just a taste of the “royal” books in our collection. Enjoy!
- Meet the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (ctv.ca)
- Royal Wedding: 1000s camp outside Westminster Abbey in time for event of the year (dailymail.co.uk)
- The Royal Wedding: A Play-by-Play (hollywood.com)