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Summary

Elizabeth, their marriage and their dynasty.

This is the story of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - the longest-serving consort to the longest-reigning sovereign in British history. It is an extraordinary story, told with unique insight and authority by an author who knew the prince for more than 40 years. 

Philip - elusive, complex, controversial, challenging, often humorous, sometimes irascible - is the man Elizabeth II once described as her 'constant strength and guide'. Who was he? What was he really like? What is the truth about those 'gaffes' and the rumours of affairs? This is the final portrait of an unexpected and often much-misunderstood figure. It is also the portrait of a remarkable marriage that endured for more than 70 years. 

Philip and Elizabeth were both royal by birth, both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria, but, in temperament and upbringing, they were two very different people. The Queen's childhood was loving and secure, the Duke's was turbulent; his grandfather assassinated, his father arrested, his family exiled, his parents separated when he was only 10. Elizabeth and Philip met as cousins in the 1930s. They married in 1947, aged 21 and 26. 

Philip: The Final Portrait tells the story of two contrasting lives, assesses the Duke of Edinburgh's character and achievement, and explores the nature of his relationships with his wife, his children and their families - and with the press and public and those at court who were suspicious of him in the early days. This is a powerful, revealing and, ultimately, moving account of a long life and a remarkable royal partnership.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Gyles Brandreth (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Wonderful

Well researched - beautifully written. The truest insight you are likely to come across of any member of the royals. It feels as thought Prince philip us present in person throughout the book. This is life - love, loyalty, faith, duty, birth, marriage and death.

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A Brilliant Read !

I enjoyed this book from the first page until the last. It was excellently written and beautifully narrated by Giles Brandreth. It was also honestly written and showed that Prince Philip was, behind his royal title as normal as you or me. I love our royal family and think they are one of the best things about our country, they work tirelessly for the good of us all and do a wonderful job. They are also a family and like the rest of us have family ups and downs, the difference is that they have to go through things in public as the rest of us can do it in private. This book showed more of the family side of things and gave us a small insight into their family life. I loved the early part of the book and hearing how the Queen and Prince Philip met and a little of their courtship and a little look into the Queen and Princess Margaret as they were growing up. The whole book was a delight and I think it just brought home how much work they do and how lucky we are to have them. Prince Philip was an amazing man who devoted his life to giving his support to the Queen and I don’t think that anyone will ever do a better job than he has done and all this whilst he made a great success of all the good works he did in his own name. I can’t help but feel for the Queen now she is alone but I hope on some level she knows that there is so much love and support for her and Prince Philip, also a deep gratitude for all she and Prince Philip has done for the good of us all.
The book rates much higher than 5* in my view and i am sure that I will enjoy listening to it time and time again.

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Cheap shots !!!!!!

Cheap shots taken at Princess Diana, Edwina Mountbatten and all other woman who are gone and unable to defend themselves.
In parts made me squirm with rage. I imagine their families feel the same.
Regarding Prince Phillip, nothing that we had not known before.
Giles Brandreth…. OFF WITH HIS HEAD !!!!!!
Sorry Mam, that,s your job.

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Brilliant

This is quite the most brilliant book I have ever read, or heard in my case. It was so well written, and beautifully read by Gyles who has such a lovely voice. He told it as it was, honestly and succinctly. I loved it.

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Impeccable read but disappointing

As ever Giles reads this book impeccably, draws you in and makes you feel like you are there. The reason I am disappointed is that so much of the book seems to be about Royal history in Europe and interspersed with the odd reminiscence about Phillip which I was expecting a lot more of. Even the chapter title Lilibet which you would expect to focus on the queen, its 95% about the monacherties of Europe. Its a great history lesson with the odd glimpse in Giles special relationship.

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An enlightening and at times moving biography

This is the first book i've ever listened to or read regarding the Duke of Edinburgh and I was amazed at how little I knew about the man beyond the caricature. The author Gyles Brandreth while being honest and open at his admiriation for the duke does not shy away from the gaffes and rumours regarding the princes private life.

I find the authors conclusions fair and agree with his views as it relates to some members of the royal family. One area I disagree with is his habit of giving a person a pass on terrible behaviour if they are otherwise good company i.e Princess Margaret. My other area of dislike is the constant repitition of certain phrases which gives the audiobook at times a disjointed feel.

The narration is excellent as you would expect from such a well known figure and makes the listener feel like your in the library with the duke as he grumbles about the press or when brandreth does his prince charles voice.

I'm not exactly an ardent monarchist but I was suprissed at how affected I was by the death of Prince Philip, and this book made me aware of just how much quiet good he did and that he was so much more intellectually and emotionally engaged than we the public ever saw, because people of that generation did not go in for public displays of emotion. Maybe there is something to be learned from his example and his mistakes. Very enjoyable and engaging audiobook

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A remarkable insight

A wide-ranging history lesson about the man and his family - but it is much more than that. This is a remarkable insight into Prince Philip and his wider family as well as a deeply revealing analysis of human nature. Gyles Brandreth has a wonderfully easy style that moves effortlessly across a wide rand of topics which make this a delightful rather moving book.

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Philip, the Final Chapter

I can never hope to speak,or write, as eloquently as Gyles Brandreth. I can, however, praise this audio book
It is thorough, and beautifully read.
I must admit, I was always a huge fan of the late HRH,Duke of Edinburgh, & this reinforced my view.
Thank you G B!

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A Great Read

Giles has pulled it of again an informative and very entertaining read. It was sobering to realise that the later interviews with Phillip took place when Phillip must have know he was very near death. May he rest in peace and May his family’s hearts be at ease, although I get the impression they all appreciated what a fun character the had the good fortune to know.

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More of the same Diana Bashing

Was enjoying the story about Philip until the author, a royal family sycophant, who tries by throwing in a few details to appear objective , started the usual about Princess Diana , pathologising her , suggesting that people believed her husband had the right to adultery given her difficult behaviour …. Aka her normal reaction to gaslighting and adultery at a young age , and her marriage being a lie ! Returning this title because I am tired of this narrative from those who hang out with the royal family.

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Fascinating

I love Brandreth’s voice, anecdotes and turns of phrase. I’m also very interested in the royal family. I particularly enjoyed learning tidbits about Philip and Elizabeth’s marriage, but above all, I enjoyed learning about Princess Alice. This book is illustrious, fascinating and well pieced together.
However - and this is to be taken with a pinch of salt - the narration can occasionally come across a touch sycophantically. There is a strong bias - though, why would you read this if you weren’t pro monarchy?
Unlike other biographies, I don’t feel inclined to learn more about the subject, in this case, Philip. Also unlike other biographies, I respect the subject, the Duke, more than before I’d listened to stories about him. I wish his positive traits were more widely discussed, though I acknowledge his more negative traits are fraught. I also respect his wishes to his privacy. I am a 26-year-old woman, half English, and I have been very moved by this book. I would recommend it, and I’d recommend too that people accept his personality for what it was. The Duke’s words, on the other hand, well, I’m sure people will argue about that on social media and in academia for years to come.