Gyles Brandreth

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Gyles Brandreth was Prince Philip's Boswell – and this intimate biography is a sparkling celebration

The most interesting revelation in this biography of the Duke of Edinburgh concerns his being taken ill during the Diamond Jubilee weekend in 2012. We all know that a pre-existing bladder infection was exacerbated by his standing in the rain for hours during the river pageant. But, as he told Gyles Brandreth, the reason he and the Queen stayed upright was that they didn’t want to sit on the grandiose thrones the organisers had provided for them. “We’d have looked like Mr and Mrs Beckham, wouldn’t we?”
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