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The Royal Family: the perfect gift for the king or queen of your castle

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Are the royal family German? How do they make their money? Where do they live? These are just a few questions answered in one of Haynes' newest Practical Lifestyle titles: The Royal Family - Operations Manual.

The United Kingdom's Royal Family is one of the most instantly recognised institutions in the world. Since the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned in 1952 it has undergone a huge amount of cultural and social change, but over the course of many decades the Royal Family has continued to play an important role in British society.

This book, written by royal expert and correspondent Robert Jobson offers a complete examination of a very British institution, looking behind the scenes at the current heirs of a kingdom that has been ruled nearly uninterruptedly by a monarch since 774AD. Chapters include explanations of the Windsor bloodline, family tree and personalities, their royal residences, palaces and country retreats, military connections, charity work, and annual engagements. Also examined are the royal finances, including facts and statistics on personal incomes, state salaries and business interests. Births, marriages and deaths are also covered, as well as state ceremonies such as the opening of parliament, trooping the colours and the elaborate hosting of foreign dignitaries.

The book also includes fascinating behind the scenes details on staff, domestic rituals, personalities, pets, family gatherings and other inside information.