Queen Elizabeth II: A Biographical Reading List

By NYPL Staff
September 8, 2022

The life and reign of the UK's Queen Elizabeth II, who died today, spanned a period of enormous social and political change. Ascending the throne at the age of 25 and reigning for more than 70 years, the Queen was a steadfast presence in the lives of Britons and a major presence on the world stage. She navigated the evolving role of the monarchy, guiding both her family and the nation through changing, often challenging times. These biographies delve into the Queen's upbringing, personality, and private life—and examine her impact and legacy at the head of a modern royal family and as Britain's head of state.

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.