Is the Diamond Jubilee merely an excuse for an extra public holiday or is it more significant? What induced Andrew Marr, former republican and on the ‘soft-left’ politically, to write an account of the Queen’s long reign? Marr answers these questions in The Diamond Queen, a reflective analysis of the role of modern monarchy. With his characteristic flair for narrative and meticulous research, Marr comes to some interesting and surprising conclusions. Andrew Marr’s association with the BBC includes Political Editor, The Andrew Marr Show and Start the Week. The Diamond Queen coincides with a flagship BBC series to mark the Jubilee.