Since childhood, we all are fascinated by the lives of royalties. Be it their demeanor, their conduct or their lifestyles, all of it intrigues us. As we grow up, we realize, there is more to the power, glitz, and glam that we see on the outside.
Why are there certain rules? Why do they behave a certain way? And, how the consequences of events centuries ago influence the lives of these royalties even today? All of this is a rich history. So, the best way to know about them is to read about it.
There are a number of books written about the royal families. Be it the British dynasties or the number of kings that ruled kingdoms in India, the list is endless. So, here is a list of the best ones which will bring you closest to some of these remarkable lives. Most of these are not to be considered as historical facts as they might have been written much after through research but they are great reads.
Britain’s longest-ruling monarch, Queen Elizabeth II is the central character of the much-loved drama on Netflix. It is inspired by this book The life of British royals and how certain duties are not a choice but thrust upon them is openly expressed in this book. She powerfully took a hold on the throne after the sudden and early death of her father. A strong and decisive woman even today has lived and is living a life of some great events. That’s the reason the book must top your list.
The famous Hollywood actress Meghan Markle is definitely not an unknown name. But, interestingly when she marries into the royal family to equally renowned Prince Harry, the story turns exciting. But, this book covers her life before they became “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex”. A complete change of her lifestyle and her entry in the Buckingham palace was a matter of chance. The pages of this book will take you to know who the real Meghan Markle is like and her journey before she met Prince Harry. This becomes an exciting read especially after the current situation of “Megxit”.
One of the most influential princesses there ever was, Princess Diana is a subject of discussion even two decades after her death. She wasn’t just another royal princess. She was not the one who would confine to norms. Everything from her royal marriage to her choices and lifestyles would always hit the headlines. She was a fashion icon too. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales and mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. Her upbringing and influence can be observed even today in their lives. A life of limelight that she lived ended up in a tragedy of a car accident. This book is a close tale of everything she was and wanted to be.
The Maharani of Jaipur, Gayatri Devi was way ahead of her time in everything she did. Often accounted as going against the ordinary she made her mark by living her life on her own terms and being grounded to her roots. She maintained the balance between the traditional and modern in an exemplary way. Besides being regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world she had a voice. This book is her memoir and the first-hand tale since her childhood. The way she saw Jaipur evolve from the time of British rule and extravagant lives of the Indian royals is all in detail in this book.
Royals live tough lives. There are times when they get dragged so neck-deep in politics that they fail at simple things of knowing whom to trust and who not. That being said, they often build relations with the most unlikely people, who guide them and kindle a sense of friendship they long for. This book is the story of Queen Victoria and her closest confidant, a young Indian munshi and how their relationship evolved. Now turned into a major award-winning motion picture, Victoria and Abdul shows us a different side of royals and showcases that in the end, they are only humans.
Very often people look at the royal families and think they have no struggles and their lives are an easy cakewalk. That is so not true. This book highlights the difficulties faced by King George VI who was nervous and tongue-tied. His knight in shining armour wasn’t someone with an extraordinary title but a rather unknown and self-taught, a speech therapist named Lionel Logue. He was an Australian who literally saved the monarchy and helped the king emerge to being a great leader he was. This book is an amazing read of the king’s journey to overcoming his stammer along with shouldering the responsibility of his entire kingdom.
Prince Harry has garnered a lot of attention since his childhood days. This book dives deep into his life from childhood, early teenage years, the close relationship with his mother, his romantic relationships in the growing years, the relation he maintains with his father and the second family in Botswana of his stepmother and stepbrother is all covered in fine details. Finally, the royal engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is a living tale to read.
Very often royalties are fam\\ous either because they were great rulers, did some outstanding reforms for their times, or lived a life of scandals and rebellion. This book is an actual insight of one such remarkable – Queen Mary who emerged from being a poor cousin of the family that became Windsors. Queen Mary has always been a very intriguing character and this book covers everything from her personal life to the political progress. Rightfully so, as the author is the official biographer and had access to their private papers.
The book is a family saga of four queens over a period of three generations of the Indian royal family. It is hard to imagine that the queen of very progressive ideology, education, and upbringing would exercise her power behind a purdah. The story engulfs the lives of Sunity Devi who was also a close friend of Queen Victoria, the Maharani of Baroda, Chimnabai, her daughter Indira who went on to become the Maharani of Cooch Bihar, her daughter Ayesha. History closely highlights the lives and roles of Maharajas of India. But, it is an indispensable role played by these queens that’s worth a read.
The list is endless as the lives of royalties have forever been intriguing to writers and authors all around the world. So, grab a book from one of these that feed your interests. You can also opt for the book sharing platform BEEapp that makes exchanging, buying and lending books super easy. You can also sell books online as this is the best app to buy books too. You’ll be having the best deals to choose from and buy/sell a book in your vicinity.