09/24/2011

Queen knows when to have her way

Guided tour 1

Prince William gave hit grandmother a guided tour of his search and rescue base in Wales in the spring.

Queen Elizabeth has mastered the art of compromise in her 60 years on the throne, but she can put her royal foot down – even with her grandson William.

That’s one of the insights provided in a new book by Daily Mail journalist Robert Hardman, who was given special access to the Royal Family in putting together ‘Our Queen.’

Among those he interviewed was Prince William, who provided an inside look at his relationship with his grandmother.  

Among the insights in a book excerpt published by the Daily Mail:

-- The Queen was quite firm about what he would wear for the royal wedding. Although, as a commissioned officer in all three branches of the military, his grandmother wasn’t about to let him dress in anything but the uniform of one of her regiments, the Irish Guards. “I was given a categorical: “No, you’ll wear this!”’ he said.

"So you don’t always get what you want, put it that way. But I knew perfectly well that it was for the best."

-- When William and Kate’s engagement was announced, the prince was presented with a list of 777 names of officials and dignataries he needed to invite. He went to the Queen, who advised him to “bin the list” and start over with his friends.

"She made the point that there are certain times when you have to strike the right balance," said William. "And it’s advice like that, which is really key, when you know that she’s seen and done it before."

-- At 85, the Queen isn’t slowing down her engagement schedule, which has often prompted other family members to encourage her to ease back the throttle a bit. “We all do,” Prince William replies with a smile. “We all try to sit down with her. My father and her other children say it a lot to her. 

“For the grandchildren, it’s a bit difficult for us to say ‘take it easy’ when she’s so much older than us and has done so much more. We do hint at taking some things off her, but she won’t have anything of it. She’s so dedicated and really determined to finish everything she started.”

William has no hesitation about going to Grandma for advice: “There’s no question you can ask, and no point you can raise, that she won’t already know about — and have a better opinion about,” he says.

“She’s very up for that sort of thing. And for me particularly, being the young bloke coming through, being able to talk to my grandmother, ask her questions and know that there’s sound advice coming back is very reassuring.”

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