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The refreshingly modest, dazzling and puzzling Queen

This biography suggests that HM Queen Elizabeth belts out songs (in private), laughs joyously and often, and is witty, straightforward and disciplined.

Her subjects may regret she did not share more of her private qualities with them. But a private quality in a modest person is unlikely to translate on a cynical public stage.

The Queen has always held specific ideas about how she should appear in public and her role as a constitutional monarch. She attributes this to her training.

If only The Queen had been properly educated in her responsibility to defend Britain's Constitution. We say this in puzzled sorrow, not anger, and quite aware you may not share our assessment.

On the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne, there is a bumper crop of biographies. This one, by an American, appears well-researched.

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