The Queen visits Prince William at RAF Valley.
The Queen has given permission to her grandson, Prince William to talk behind her back.
William, who is famously distrustful of the media, agreed to speak about the Queen for a portrait of the monarch by journalist Robert Hardman.
His book, called Our Queen, is due to be released in October to coincide with the run up to her Diamond Jubilee next year. For the past two years, Hardman has enjoyed special access inside the royal world, speaking to members of the royal family, courtiers and Downstairs staff for an intimate assessment of the 85-year-old sovereign. The writer described his discussion with the future king as ‘engaging.’
‘There is this timeless quality about her,’ says Hardman. ‘The more you talk to Her Majesty’s family and to her people, the more impressive the scale of her achievement becomes.’
Meanwhile, at the Queen’s home of Balmoral in Scotland, the royal family are preparing for the traditional trip to watch caber-tossing at this weekend’s Braemar Gathering and the annual barbecue where David Cameron will be making his first visit as Prime Minister — last year he was on paternity leave.