Since the inception of the House of Windsor in 1917, the nature of the English monarchy has undergone a profound change. The House of Windsor has at its centre insights into and biographies of the kings and queens of England during a tumultuous century – a period that has seen two world wars, a damaging abdication and undreamt-of social change. The book traces the lives of the monarchs of living memory and the near past, from George V to the eleven months of Edward VIII’s reign; from the rebuilding of the crown’s authority under George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the accession of the present queen, the turmoil of her children’s marriages and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.