This guide to resources about the Queen, in celebration of her 60 years on the throne, is brought to you by guest contributor, Margaret Brill.  Margaret is  British Studies librarian at Perkins Library and a former subject of Her Majesty.

 View key moments from the Thames River Pageant, courtesy of the BBC news, and 60 years of the Queen’s style in pictures from theguardian and not to be outdone, The Telegraph‘s 60 years in 60 photographs.

The Queen
Bradford, Sarah, 1938- Queen Elizabeth : her life in our times.  London : Viking, 2012.  Perkins/Bostock Library New & Noteworthy, DA590 .B695 2012

Brown, Susanna. Queen Elizabeth II : Portraits by Cecil Beaton. London : Victoria & Albert Publishing, 2011.   Lilly Library TR140.B438 B769 2011

Lacey, Robert.  A brief life of the Queen. London : Duckworth, 2012.  Perkins/Bostock Library.  [On order]

Moorhouse, Paul. The Queen : art & image. London : National Portrait Gallery ; Manchester [England] ; New York : In association with Hudson Hills Press, 2011.   Lilly Library N7639.E5 M66 2011

Smith, Sally Bedell, 1948- Elizabeth the Queen : inside the life of a modern monarch . New York : Random House, 2011.
Perkins/Bostock Library New & Noteworthy DA590 .S55

More materials about the Queen

The Monarchy
Olechnowicz, Andrzej, editor. The monarchy and the British nation, 1780 to the present.  Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2007.

The Coronation
Lloyd, Christopher, 1945- Ceremony & celebration: coronation day 1953. London : Royal Collection, 2003. Perkins/Bostock Library DA592 .L46 2003

Illustrated London News Coronation Number, Queen Elizabeth II.  LibraryService Center DA590 .I47 1953; Rubenstein Library  E f#326 c.1-2

The Official Website

BBC Jubilee Website

Queen Victoria’s Journals

UK National Archives Jubilee Website


The House of Windsor [videorecording] : from George to Kate.   Lilly Library, DVD 21665.

 Monarchy [videorecording].  by David Starkey. Lilly Library (1 copy available) Lilly Library, Series One: DVD 20804 disc1+2 c.1; Series Two: DVD 20805 disc1+2 c.1; Series Three: DVD 20806 disc1+2 c.1

The Queen [videorecording].   Movie starring Helen Mirren. Lilly Library DVD 10258.

A Queen is crowned [videorecording] Videocassette of the Coronation in 1953. Library Service Center VC 1995 c.1.









Bradford, Sarah, 1938-  Queen Elizabeth : her life in our times Get this title

London : Viking, 2012.
Library Location Call Number Status   Perkins/Bostock Library New & Noteworthy
Click for map
DA590 .B695 2012

Get this title

Bradford, Sarah, 1938-  Format: Book  Published: London : Viking, 2012.
Library Location Call Number Status   Perkins/Bostock Library New & Noteworthy
Click for map
DA590 .B695 2012


  1. Guest post by Margaret Brill

Are you pining for Downton Abbey?  Try reading about the lives of servants and their employers in that historical period. Check out Duke Libraries’ excellent selection below.

If you missed the program or individual episodes, Lilly Library has the DVDs of Season 1 and Season 2. You can borrow them for three days with a one-time online renewal.

Delap, Lucy. Knowing their Place : Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Britain. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Perkins/Bostock New & Noteworthy HD8039.D52 G7185 2011

Pamela Horn, Life below stairs in the 20th century. Stroud: Sutton, 2001. Perkins/Bostock
Library HD6072.2.G7 H67 2001

Alison Maloney, Life below stairs : true lives of Edwardian servants. London: Michael O’Mara, 2011.

Margaret Powell, Below stairs : The classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey”. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2012. Lilly Library Current Lit/Perkins/Bostock Library New & Noteworthy TX649.P68 A3 2012

Aristocracy and Country Houses
David Cannadine,  Aspects of aristocracy : grandeur and decline in modern Britain. New Haven: Yale University Press. Library Service Center  HT653.G7 C357 1994

Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon, Lady Almina and the real Downton abbey : The lost legacy of Highclere Castle. New York: Broadway Paperbacks. 2011.  Lilly Library Current Literature and Perkins/Bostock DA566.9.C376 C376 2011

Jessica Fellowes, The world of Downton Abbey. Ed. Nick Briggs. New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Press. 2011. Lilly Library Current Lit. and Perkins/Bostock New & Noteworthy PN1992.77.D695 F45 2011

Jessica Gerard, Country house life: family and servants, 1815-1914. Oxford England ; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1994 Library Service Center HQ613 .G47 1994

Girouard, Mark, 1931-. Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978. Perkins/Bostock HT653.G7 G57 1978 (and LSC)

M. Montgomery, Gilded Prostitution”: status, money, and transatlantic marriages, 1870-1914. London ; New York: Routledge, 1989. Perkins/Bostock HQ1032 .M65 1989

Web Sites
PBS Masterpiece


P.S. If Lilly’s copies of DA are checked out, don’t forget the series that started it all: Upstairs Downstairs. Gosford Park, The Forsyte Saga, Cranford and The Buccaneers are terrific as well.