First aired on The Next Chapter (21/5/12)
June 2, 2012, marks Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, a celebration of the 60 years she's steadfastly and admirably performed the job that came to her when her beloved father died in 1952. Exactly one year later, June 2, 2013, marks the 60th anniversary of her coronation. It's been a long and successful reign for the Queen.
Sheila O'Brien is a businesswoman with expertise in oil and gas, human resources, charity work and books about the British Royal Family. She became fascinated with the royal family because of their unique history. "It's a story of an unbroken line of strong women," she says. "Starting from Queen Victoria, going through Wallis Simpson, who almost did them in, to the Queen Mother, who had to re-create them, Princess Diana, and now perhaps we have another star on the scene with Kate Middleton. But it's always about the women."
O'Brien stopped by The Next Chapter in the summer of 2012 to share her recommendations on the best books to understand the Queen.
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In the slideshow below, Sheila O'Brien's comments have been edited for length and clarity. You can listen to her complete conversation with Shelagh Rogers in the audio player above.