Sir Roy Strong CH
A distinguished historian, gardener, designer and all round polymath. Roy’s magnum opus The Story of Britain hit the bestseller lists in 1997 and became a classic still in print. He was Director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1967 to 1973 and of the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1974 to 1987. In 1980 he was awarded the prestigious Shakespeare Prize by the FVS Foundation of Hamburg in recognition of his contribution to the arts in the UK. In 1981 he was created a Companion of Honour in recognition of his service to the nation’s culture and in 2016 he was made a Companion of Honour in recognition of his contribution to the country’s cultural life.
He has written over fifty books on a wide variety of subjects including history, biography, art and garden design as well as publishing his diaries, already recognised as the record of an age. His most recent books are The Elizabeth Image (2019) and the third volume of his diaries Types and Shadows (2020).
In 2022 William Collins announced their plans to publish a revised and updated edition of Coronation: A History of the British Monarchy. In this completely revised, comprehensive history, Sir Roy Strong tells the story of this extraordinary and fundemental rite since the 10th century and looks forward to what we might expect at the Coronation of King Charles III.
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