Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch - Sally Bedell Smith For someone who didn't know much about Queen Elizabeth II before reading this book, this was a fascinating look into the life of Elizabeth II. To me the whole Royal Family has always had a certain majestic and mysterious quality to them.I found the most interesting parts of this book to be the things that I did not know about Elizabeth II. I enjoyed reading about her childhood and the early days of her reign of Queen. I also loved reading about the other side to Elizabeth II, the side that her family knows the best.This book covers Elizabeth II's reign quite thoroughly. It was a great look into Elizabeth II's life and her family and I would recommend this book to those interested in the Royal Family.