Books: Mother of Four

MAJESTY: ELIZABETH II AND

THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR

by ROBERT LACEY

349 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

$12.95.

Shortly after Elizabeth II began her reign, John Osborne, king of the Angry Young Men, took time between hit plays to pronounce the British monarchy moribund—"A gold filling in a mouth full of decay." But how unpredictable history can be, as kings and queens are the first to know. Osborne has long since been dethroned, while Her Majesty —cresting on '70s nostalgia and God only knows what other divine rights —has never been more popular.

Biographer Robert Lacey's...

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