Event 45

Robert Hardman in conversation with Hugh Elliott

Elizabeth II, the 'Ordinary' Queen

Venue: IE University

Elizabeth II was not predisposed to rule, any more than her father and grandfather were. But she took up the reins of an empire and led her people through decades that transformed society, and in which she had to deal with events as significant as her uncle's abdication and war, as well as romance, danger, tragedy and triumph. Robert Hardman reflects on her extraordinary life and its cultural impact, in conversation with Hugh Elliott, UK Ambassador to Spain.

Hardman is a renowned author, royal analyst and filmmaker, who has covered the British monarchy for three decades. He is the author of the film and book Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work, as well as Her Majesty and Queen of the World and Life of a Queen. Elizabeth II 1926-2022. He writes for the Daily Mail newspaper in London.

The event will be introduced by Caroline Michel, a leading figure in the British cultural world and global President of the Hay Festivals.

At the end of the event, the author will sign his works at the book stall outside IE University.

With simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and vice versa.

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