Mar 26

Hugo Vickers

Hugo Vickers is a writer and broadcaster, who has written biographies of many twentieth century figures, including the Queen Mother, Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough, Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh, a study of Greta Garbo, Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece, and his book, The Private World of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor was illustrated with pictures from their own collection. Mr Vickers’s book, The Kiss – The Story of an Obsession won the 1996 Stern Silver Pen Award for Non-Fiction.
His latest work is Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, the first major biography since her death, was published in October 2005 and is now in paperback.
Amongst the books that Hugo Vickers has written are:
We Want The Queen 1977

Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough 1979

Debrett’s Book of the Royal Wedding 1981

Cocktails & Laughter1983Cecil Beaton 1985

Vivien Leigh1988Royal Orders 1994

Loving Garbo 1994

The Private World of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor 1995

The Kiss 1996

The biography of Princess Andrew of Greece was authorised by the Duke of Edinburgh, and for this book he interviewed many members of the Royal Family.
He has served as Literary Executor to Sir Cecil Beaton from 1987, and also to Sir Charles Johnston from 1986.25th February 2008 Hugo Vickers ‘The Queen Mother – A Personal View’ Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society
Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
An illustrated talk on The Queen Mother, one of the best-loved figures of the Twentieth Century, by Hugo Vickers, whose 2005 life was hailed by A.N. Wilson as ‘the best royal biography I ever read’.
Hugo Vickers tells the story of the Queen Mother, throwing new light on her early years, her courtship by the Duke of York, her reactions and involvement with the Abdication, the war years, the later years of the King’s reign, and, drawing on considerable personal observation, he illuminates the fifty years she spent as a working Queen Mother.


Hugo Vickers is a frequent broadcaster, and is much in demand for royal occasions. He was an ITN studio guest for the Royal Wedding of 1981, and for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.
He commentated with John Suchet at ITN for the wedding of Prince Edward (1999), for the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday (2000) and for the Queen Mother’s funeral (2002).
He appears regularly on CNN’s Larry King Live, and has also appeared on Fox TV, NSNBC, a great number of programmes in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He was a guest of Jane Pauley (talking about the Royal Wedding) on the Today show in New York in July 1981. He has done commentaries on ceremonial and state occasions for Sky TV, and for BBC 24.

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