Author and journalist Robert Hardman discusses his latest book, Queen of the World, with Savilian David Oldroyd-Bolt.

On today’s world stage, there is one leader who stands apart from the rest. Queen Elizabeth II has seen more of the planet and its people than any other head of state, and has engaged with them like no other monarch in British history. 

Our longest-reigning monarch would be twenty years old before she ventured south of Cornwall. Since then, she has visited more than 120 countries across the globe in the line of duty, acting as diplomat, stateswoman, pioneer and peace broker as that world stage has changed beyond recognition. She has transformed her father’s old empire into the Commonwealth – her ‘family of nations’ – and has come to know its quarrelsome leaders better than anyone. In 2018, they gathered in her own home to endorse her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, as her successor.

Written with extensive access to the Queen’s family, staff and those who have worked with her for many years, Queen of the World is a landmark book which is the first comprehensive examination of arguably Her Majesty’s greatest achievement.