The ultimate guide to royal women

As Elizabeth II prepares to become Britain’s longest ever reigning monarch, we explore the lives of some of the country’s most fascinating queens, princesses and consorts in our new Royal Women special

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Through a compilation of the best articles from BBC History Magazine, plus several new pieces, we offer you a fresh perspective on female royals from the Roman era until the present day.

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The special includes biographies of famous queens, a new appraisal of Elizabeth II, the remarkable stories of Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, plus the inside story of Henry VIII’s wives.

Inside, as well, you’ll find an assessment of Boudica, the woman who raised and led a native army in revolt against oppressive Roman rule in Britain in AD 60. The special edition also covers the story the American divorcee for whom King Edward VIII abdicated and declared his love in 1936.

Order your copy today for £9.99, with free UK postage for BBC History Magazine subscribers. The special edition costs £11.49 for all other UK residents, EUR £12.99, ROW £13.49 (please note this title is not available for direct order in the US or Canada but is available in all good retailers now).

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Alternatively, you can you also download the digital edition via the BBC History Magazine app on iPad or iPhone.