William and Kate

William and Kate

A Royal Love Story

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I put it to William, particularly, that if you find someone you love in life, you must hang on to that love and look after it. . . . You must protect it. --Diana, Princess of Wales

The book that surprised the industry, now updated with a new chapter on the wedding and 15 wedding photographs.

Theirs was destined from the start to be one of the most celebrated unions of the twenty-first century: he, the charismatic prince who would someday be crowned king of England; she, the stunningly beautiful commoner who won his heart. Prince William and Kate Middleton defied all odds to forge a storybook romance amid the scandals, power struggles, tragedies, and general dysfunction that are the hallmarks of Britain's Royal Family. In the process, they became the most written about, gossiped about, admired, and envied young couple of their generation.

Yet for most of their nearly decade-long affair, William and Kate have remained famously quiet and kept their royal relationship a tantalizing mystery. Now, journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Andersen reveals the intimate details of their celebrated courtship and offers a mesmerizing glimpse of the man and wife--and future king and queen--they will become:

#65533; William's lifelong role as confidant and adviser to his fragile mother, and how it has shaped his relationship with Kate

#65533; The lengths the couple went to to keep their affair secret, from their first days together as university students (when he cheered her on as she modeled racy lingerie at a fashion show)

#65533; William's romantic conquests before--and during--his decade-long romance with Kate

#65533; The person who was really behind their headlinemaking breakup--and how Kate won back her prince

#65533; The shocking sex-and-drugs scandals involving Kate's wild relatives, and how the would-be queen survived them

#65533; The long-troubling influence of William's substance-abusing aristocrat friends and the depression Kate rescued him from

#65533; Stunning new information on the threats to both their lives, the nightmare scenario that haunts William's dreams to this day, and their narrow escape from repeating Diana's fate

#65533; Surprising details on the Queen's historic plans for William and Kate, which will forever change the face of the monarchy

For many, William and Kate's union represents an opportunity to recapture the magic--the compelling and complicated legacy--of his beloved mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Part glittering fairy tale, part searing family drama, part political potboiler, part heart-stopping cliff-hanger, theirs is, above all else, an affair to remember.

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Theirs is the story of two young people who found each other in college, came perilously close to losing what they had forever, and pulled back from the brink at the last possible moment. Theirs is the story of private moments stolen for public consumption, of harrowing car chases, of scorching personal dramas played out behind the scenes, of calm heads prevailing in times of panic, and of a singular devotion made stronger by time.

The saga of William and Kate is one thing above all else: a love story.

--From William and Kate: A Royal Love Story
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, c2011.
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451621464
1451621469
9781451621457
1451621450
Branch Call Number: 941.0850922
Characteristics: xx, 312 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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marishkajuko
Aug 15, 2011

4 stars based on how much I liked this book in a gossipy escapism sort of way.

I used to generally like the British royals, but after reading this book I feel less inclined to spend my 10 minute coffee breaks at work cruising royal gossip. Basically, the book boils down to a list of social events the royals and Middleton attends, and rates how drunk William and/or Harry became. The boys feel proud to serve in military sectors, but it seems this is the case because Harry was a dummy in school and William just likes to tear shit up.

I initially thought Kate seemed nice enough upon the announcement of the royal engagement, but after reading the book I found a serious lack of personality in Kate - other than what seemed to be her personal mantra that ended up working: "act like them [the royals] and you will become one of them." Stepford wife-ian.

loonylovesgood Jun 28, 2011

This was a pretty gossipy book and most of it probably isn't true, but it was still an entertaining read!

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horthhill
Apr 28, 2011

Andersen's bio on William and Kate got me up to speed on the wedding. It was excellent back-ground reading. I found that it spent quite a bit of time on Diana which of course was interesting but also tangential to William and Kate. Andersen's sources seemed to be William and Kate's night-club crowd. We get the names of a lot of cocktails. On the other hand, we don't really get that much on the non-nightclub life of the two. Overall, William and Kate: A Royal Love Story was an entertaining read.

Mallory_MPL Mar 16, 2011

This wasn't the best royal biography I have read, but it was OK. As with anything ever written about Prince William this book begins by recounting the marriage of Charles and Diana, William and Harry's early childhood, their divorce, and her tragic death, however, it seemed like it spent much more time on that than it should have considering it's called "William and Kate". I also didn't like how obvious it was that the author knew nothing about Kate's early childhood other than straightforward facts such as where she went to school. But rather than simply owning up to not knowing her story the author made up far fetched situations of Kate pining for William and being jealous of his girlfriends far before they ever met. My final criticism is that it didn't read like a story so much as it was an ordered list of facts. Perhaps more time could have been spent to create some sort of flow between the passages.

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Rocket29
Feb 18, 2011

one of the most slanted books I have ever read. I thought I was reading about Will and Kate instead I get a rabid discourse on Charles and the Royal family and the ditz of Diana...I thought she was out of the picture?

debwalker Dec 20, 2010

Okay here we go. In a world seemingly gone mad, let's have a jolly good royal wedding. Something to celebrate for a change!

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Aug 15, 2011

marishkajuko thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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