What if Diana were still alive? That’s the question celebrated Brit author Monica Ali tackles in this novel, due out in June.
The Uncommon Reader
In a charming novella from Tony-winning playwright Alan Bennett, the Queen becomes obsessed with books.
For the Royal Table
Don’t wait for that invite to Buckingham! Kathryn Jones offers a look at 500 years of palace dining lore, complete with recipes, table settings, and menus dating back to 1887.
At Home With the Queen
BBC vet Brian Hoey deconstructs the roles at court, from personal footmen to the Master of the Household.
The Making of a Royal Romance
Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl updates her 2010 hit William and Harry to include the story behind the couple’s eight-year relationship.
Bake & Decorate
Even though you won’t be at the wedding reception, you can still taste Kate and Wills’ cake — sort of. British pastry chef Fiona Cairns, hired to bake the wedding fruitcake, has recently written a cookbook.
The Royal Wedding
LIFE provides a lush visual history of the bride and groom, from their respective childhoods to the media frenzy surrounding their engagement announcement last November. There’s also a chapter on other famous royal weddings — Charles and Diana, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier.
The royal family shed their prim image — at least temporarily — in Kate Petrella’s compendium of their funniest and sassiest quotes.
William & Kate Paper Dolls
Calling all fashion lovers! This commemorative book of Kate and Wills cutouts lets readers play dress-up with the future king and queen. Some of the best ensembles include Will’s Cavalry dress uniform and the now-iconic blue Issa dress Kate wore when the couple’s engagement was announced at the palace.
Written by contemporary-history professor Ben Pimlott, this meticulous bio details not just the storied life of England’s reigning queen but also how politics and psychology have affected her role.
The Royal Book of Lists
Matt Richardson delves cheekily into the sex, scandals, and, yes, STDs of the monarchy from Alfred the Great on.
The Must-Read: The Diana Chronicles
If you pick up only one, make it Tina Brown’s The Diana Chronicles, which explores the complex life of the late princess. Solid journalism and juicy gossip in one? That’s a match made in royal heaven.