Discover what it was like to dine with queens, walk with kings and dance the conga round the state rooms of Buckingham Palace with George VI. Adrian Tinniswood’s erudite and entertaining reconstruction of life in the royal household as seen through the eyes of those tasked with keeping their secrets, strips away the pomp and circumstance to reveal monarchs agitated by minor irritations, fretting over their offspring, or worrying about money - Henry VIII keeps tripping over his dogs, George II tosses his son out of the family home, while James I is forced to cut back his drinks budget.

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