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Coming This October!

Netflix's original series The Crown painted a unique and intimate portrait of Britain's longest-reigning monarch. This official companion to the show, written by New York Times bestseller Robert Lacey, is an in-depth exploration of the early years of Elizabeth II's time as married Princess and Queen (1947 - 1955), complete with extensive research, additional material and exclusive, beautifully reproduced images.

Bringing Up Baby

Royal historian Robert Lacey speaks with ABC News to explain how the giving birth and the rearing of a royal child have changed from the times of the newborn's great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, to the present day, which took a different direction from the day Prince Charles and Princess Diana decided they wanted their child born in a normal hospital.

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The Royal Family and the Media - Striking the Balance

The relationship between the Royals and the media has always been a delicate one. Ideally it is symbiotic. When it becomes parasitic, the Royals hit out. -- writes Luisa Baldini on the BBC website -- she goes on to quote my recent book "A Brief Life of the Queen".

In the early 1980s, the Queen", the monarch invited the editors of Fleet Street to discuss what might be done to alleviate the pressure the Princess of Wales was feeling at the hands of the media.

On one occasion she had been photographed buying sweets in a village shop.