Maclean’s on the Queen
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 60 years but Maclean’s
has been fascinated with her since long before she wore the crown. Our latest e-book, on the occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, compiles the best of our royal coverage over the last seven decades from some of Canada’s most famous writers and photographers. Berton wrote a seven-part series in 1953, the year after George VI died and Elizabeth became Queen. (One of those articles, “How the princess was taught to rule,” is included in this collection; the others will be released in a special ebook, Pierre Berton on the Queen). Photographer Yousuf Karsh gave an account of his 1951 trip to Clarence House to shoot the young family. And more recently, Andrew Coyne explained why Canada needs the monarchy—even if it’s Charles and Camilla.
It was no easy task compiling this collection, which you can purchase here. Fourteen of the 23 stories only exist in bound copies. And our seemingly endless poring over them, and the resulting wear and tear, sent Maclean’s
resident archivist, and author behind our Royal Quarters blog, Patricia Treble into a sweat. We sat down with her
to find out how she got the originals back in their locked cabinets and why she’ll always be a steadfast monarchist.
Read: Q&A with Patricia Treble, Maclean’s Royal Quarters blogger, on putting the book together