When it comes to learning more about the Royal Family, there’s no shortage of options. Whether you’re looking for memoirs, biographies, or works of fiction based on the royals, these books on the royal family have something for everyone.
Book Riot’s typical diversity standards are not met by this list of books owing to their subject matter. Here you’ll find a variety of stories about royal love.
Coffee Table Books About the Royal Family
Buckingham Palace by Ashley Hicks
Ashley Hicks, an interior designer and artist, has published a fascinating guide to Buckingham (pronounced Bucking-um) Palace, which is home to the Royal Family.
HRH by Elizabeth Holmes
Four legendary women’s fashions are celebrated in this coffee table book. “The images are breathtaking, but the best portions are the behind-the-scenes fashion tidbits scattered throughout the narrative,” they wrote in their Booklist review. From WWII to Megxit, author Holmes’ narrative takes us on an effortless journey across time. If you’re a fashionista or a royal watcher, you’ll like this visual feast.”
Fiction inspired by the Royal Family
Before the Crown by Flora Harding
In the year 2020, a gorgeous navy commander named Philip and a young princess named Elizabeth meet and begin a courtship. Their future husband’s suitability for the role is being questioned, but they are not deterred.
The Gown by Jennifer Robson
This novel tells the story of a woman who was chosen to help create Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown in 1947 and in 2016. It is set in Toronto in 2016.
The Other Windsor Girl by Georgina Blalock
After the war, George VI had two daughters: the sober and obedient Elizabeth and the more rebellious and flamboyant Margaret, whose post-war life is chronicled in this historical novel by Georgie Blalock, a fictional lady-in-waiting.
The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett
In this amusing cozy mystery, the Queen takes on the role of amateur investigator. The Queen enlists the assistance of her Private Secretary when a sleazy murder happens at an exclusive supper party. This new series will continue to show us more of Queen Elizabeth’s detective work in the years to come.
Biographies of Members of the Royal Family
The Queen by Matthew Denison
It was published in June of this year, and according to the Times, it provides a “worthy and impartial summary” of the Queen’s life.
Elizabeth and Margaret by Andrew Morton
Andrew Morton, a well-known royal and public figure biographer, delves at the complicated connection between the two sisters in this book from 2021.
The Duke by Ian Lloyd
The biography of Prince Philip, which was published just before his death, was based on interviews with friends, relatives, and members of the Royal Court. Everything from jazz to UFOs makes an appearance on his list of oddities and hobbies.
The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown
It’s critical to be familiar with the story of Princess Diana in order to fully appreciate the Oprah interview’s present and historical context. As one of two highly praised biographies — along with Andrew Morton’s — of Charles and Diana’s marriage, the podcast You’re Wrong About made heavy use of Tina Brown’s book.
Prince William by Penny Juror
In order to have a comprehensive collection of books about the Royal Family, one must include a Prince William biography, but strangely, there do not appear to be many modern biographies of the type that Andrew Morton wrote about his father. If you’re looking for a more in-depth look at the Heir, this is a good place to start.
Finding Freedom by Obid Scobie and Carolyn Durand
#TeamMeghan fans, this is the Megxit book you’ll want to get your hands on. It was released in the summer of 2018 and tells the story from Harry and Meghan’s perspective.
Meghan and Harry by Lady Colin Campbell
If you’re looking for a more neutral or pro-royal account of Meghan and Harry’s love story and subsequent breakup, this book may be the one for you. “IfFinding Freedomis about the development of a modern royal family, Campbell’s book may be understood as the indignation in response to the making of a modern royal family,” Vanity Fair stated.
Memoirs About Life with Royal Family
Lady in Waiting by Ann Glennconner
For many years, Anne Glenconner served as Princess Margaret’s Lady in Waiting. Throughout her life, she has experienced joys and sorrows, privilege and adventure. Their bestseller was described as “gentle, intelligent, unpretentious but above all inspiring” by the New York Times in 2009.
The Windsor Diaries by Alathea Fitzalan Howard
In these wartime journals, we follow a teenage Alathea as she spends the war years at Windsor Great Park, where she becomes friends with the young Princesses.
The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe
A new book, titled The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser, and the Wardrobe, gives readers a glimpse into the world of Buckingham Palace. Angela Kelly, the 25-year-old dresser and confidant of the Queen, has been granted permission by the monarch to publish a book about their 25-year working relationship.
The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 2
The Crown’s historical advisor Robert Lacey has written a book for those who frequently pause the show to seek up the historical events the characters are discussing. Seasons 2 and 3 are covered in this book, but maybe there will be a season 4 release shortly.
The Royal We, Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks
What if you’d rather read a work of fiction for your royal reading? The Royal We is a book worth picking up. “Fug Girls” authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan pen the story of American Bex Porter’s courtship of the British heir apparent.
The Mountbattens, Andrew Lownie
In this dual biography, Lord Mountbatten’s effect on the royal family will be laid bare for all to see, erasing any notion that he was merely another facet of the ever-complicated Royal Family saga. Furthermore, The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves rescues Mountbatten’s wonderful wife Edwina from obscurity in The Mountbattens. A deeper appreciation for Edwina will make you loathe Uncle Dickie even more after reading this book.