A candid new book reveals what the British monarch is really like as a woman ...

The Queen only her friends know: A look at the woman behind the crown

A candid new book reveals what the British monarch is really like as a woman ...

King George VI with Princess Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth (crouching) and Princess Margaret, at the Royal Lodge at Windsor Castle in 1946.

George VI gilt writing set hated by Queen Mother because it was gift from Edward sells for just £5,000

King George VI with Princess Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth (crouching) and Princess Margaret, at the Royal Lodge at Windsor Castle in 1946.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's family tree from Queen Victoria. HUGE mistake made in Philip's line...the photo of Princess Victoria is that of Princess Alice's (above) sister who became Empress of Germany. Princess Alice became Princess of Hesse and by Rhine; her daughter was Victoria of Hesse.

From 1953 to today: Every year of the Queen's reign celebrated in pictures

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's family tree from Queen Victoria. HUGE mistake made in Philip's line...the photo of Princess Victoria is that of Princess Alice's (above) sister who became Empress of Germany. Princess Alice became Princess of Hesse and by Rhine; her daughter was Victoria of Hesse.

Princess Elizabeth, 21, and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, 26, in their 1947 engagement photo. I can certainly see why she fell in love with you. So handsome!

Princess Elizabeth, 21, and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, 26, in their 1947 engagement photo. I can certainly see why she fell in love with you. So handsome!

The Queen in South Africa in 1947, left, and after announcing her engagement to Prince Philip in the same year

Intimate pictures of the royal family discovered in attic of unknown photographer set to go on public display for the first time

The Queen in South Africa in 1947, left, and after announcing her engagement to Prince Philip in the same year

House of Tudor 1485 - 1603 family tree. To complete Henry VIII family tree SOTW sheet for Ch. 34b. WEEK 28

House of Tudor 1485 - 1603 family tree. To complete Henry VIII family tree SOTW sheet for Ch. 34b. WEEK 28

Queen Mary photographed with her grandchildren, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Prince Edward (son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent), at Sandringham, January 1936

Queen Mary photographed with her grandchildren, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Prince Edward (son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent), at Sandringham, January 1936

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