Picks and Pans Review: Royal Review

updated 04/08/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/08/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Tim Graham

Anyone looking for political insight on the role of the British monarchy should look elsewhere. Graham's comments run to such things as: "In an increasingly divided world, the Queen places great value on the links that bind together the Commonwealth countries and takes her duties as Head very seriously." But the more than 200 Graham color photographs of the royal family in this book are uncommonly appealing. The Queen, other than looking a little jaundiced at times—apparently thanks to some skewed, yellowy printing—has never seemed more elegant and gracious. Prince Charles has never seemed more human: He is particularly warm and relaxed in the shots with his young son William. (The book covers the year from August 1983 to August 1984; Prince Harry was born too late to be included.) Princess Diana has never seemed more confidently alluring. This book is like a family photo album—with all the stuck-out tongue clinkers removed—taken by a master portrait artist. (Owl, paper, $8.95)

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