William at 40

The Making of a Modern Monarch

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Pub Date 25 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2022

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is destined one day to be king. Determined to serve his country as his grandmother, the Queen has so selflessly done for seven decades, William is the epitome of a loving husband to Catherine, and a devoted father to their three children: George, Charlotte and Louis. In public, William appears calm, balanced and determined. He is passionate about safeguarding the environment and helping to protect species under threat of extinction. The Duke and his wife have also worked tirelessly to remove the stigma that continues to mark mental health problems. In private, however, those close to him say that William, while being a dedicated servant of the Crown can defy his calm, family-guy public demeanour. This is the definitive account – insightful and nuanced – of the life of the Duke of Cambridge as he approaches his milestone birthday. Jobson explores the complex character of the man who will one day reign as King William V. It is the story of the making of a king for our times. THE STORY OF THE MAKING OF A MONARCH FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is destined one day to be king. Determined to serve his country as his grandmother, the Queen has so selflessly done for seven decades, William is the epitome of a...

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"A landmark new book" Daily Mail

"A landmark new book" Daily Mail

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this early. While there wasn’t a lot of new information in this book, I thought it was a nice review of William’s life so far. I also loved that it was neutral to both Diana and Charles something that I have had a difficult time finding in a book. I recommend this read.

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A detailed and open view of William,our future king as he approaches his 40th birthday,it was informative,non boring and non judgemental re his parents and gave a great insight ,really enjoyable read that made me feel I now know a lot more about him,his loves and what makes him tick

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I devoured this interesting and well-written look at William's life. There were so many great little snippets that I didn't know: their engagement details on Kenya, Thunderstruck by AcDc, and the dance from Grease that William.and Kate did at their reception. What a fascinating look at a future King!

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The timing of this book makes a lot of sense. William’s 40th birthday paired with the Platinum Jubilee that will undoubtedly highlight the future of the monarchy pull him even further into the spotlight this year, and this book capitalises on that. This is a thorough biography that looks at William’s life through the specific lens of being king in the future.

If you have read any other of the major William biographies, I don’t know that this one will offer a great deal of new information. However, I would still recommend it because I think that Jobson covers newer events well, such as the Covid pandemic and the aftermath of the Oprah interview. (Very different but notable events for the British Royal Family…) I think that these events will be crucial when we look back in 5, 10, 20 years, and are worth looking at.

Interestingly, if you know Robert Jobson, you will know that he is pretty firmly in “Camp Charles”. And as such I expected that he would be fairly sympathetic to him throughout. However, Charles doesn’t actually feature that much, and Jobson is neutral when he does. This is an up-to-date and thorough biography of the second-in-line to the throne, and worth picking up!

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