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A QUEEN ADORED ENGLANDS ELIZABETH II Countess of Longford Elizabeth Pakenham was born in London England in 1906 She attended Lady Margaret Hall and Oxford University where she studied classical history and philosophy She later married Oxford professor and politician the seventh Earl of Longford in 1931 with whom she had eight children She worked as a tutor from 1930-36 in the Workers Educational Association and was a member of the Paddington and St Pomcras Rent Tribunal from 1946-51 She was also a Labour party candidate for Cheltenham and later for the City of Oxford After both campaigns proved unsuccessful Longford began her career as a writer in 1954 where she concentrated on the topic of parenting She later turned her focus to British history and became recognized for her talent as a biographer She was awarded the James Tait Memorial Prize for best biography in 1964 for Victoria RI Longford claimed the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award twice with Wellington1969 and The Royal House of Windsor Winston Churchill in 1974 It is with this same thoroughness and true human interest that she captures the life of Englands reigning monarch in The Queen The Life of Elizabeth II Though surveys have revealed that at any one time between 15 and 30 of the English people claim they would prefer a republic the majority uphold the traditional support of the monarchy as has been the English custom for over a thousand years Since 1952 the endeared Queen Elizabeth II has played this role in her countrys politics as an important aspect of the modern nations identity As she has proved neither conservative nor liberal in her stance she has so come to symbolize a popular democracy It was raining on the sunless April day in 1926 when Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon announced to her husband of three years that it was time The Duke and
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