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The best books, documentaries and podcasts exploring the life of Queen Elizabeth II

Today sees the procession of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, the last place she will lie in state before her funeral on Monday. In the days since her passing, The Crown has leapt back into Netflix's top three most popular shows in the UK, with viewership soaring more than 800%. This underscores the UK's endless fascination with our longest-serving monarch, but Peter Morgan's award-winning TV drama famously features many fictionalised moments. If you want to know more about the Queen's life, you'll enjoy Queen Of Our Times by Robert Hardman (£20, Pan Macmillan), an expansive biography of Elizabeth II that draws on interviews with royal confidantes and world leaders. For glossy photography in a sleek coffee table tome, Her Majesty: A Photographic History 1926–Today (£50, Taschen) is the ultimate choice – or reminisce about the monarch's colour-blocking outfits in Our Rainbow Queen by Sali Hughes (£7, Plume Books).

Into documentaries? We've curated a list of essential watches about the Queen, from the BBC's Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen (featuring never-before-seen home movies) to Netflix's exploration of her relationship with her sister (Elizabeth And Margaret: Love And Loyalty). If you prefer audio deep dives, The Short History Of… podcast covers everything from the Queen's earliest public appearances to her efforts to modernise an ancient role. Finally, the FT Weekend podcast's new episode 'The legacy of Queen Elizabeth II' reflects on the cultural influence of her reign – including personal stories from those gathered at Buckingham Palace this weekend. With 35-hour queues expected to see her lying in state in London, it's clear that her life and death have had a profound impact on many.


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Pearl jewellery gleamed on the autumn/winter 2022 catwalks at Givenchy, Simone Rocha and Versace. These pieces are perfect for everyday 
Sandy Pearl / £30
The Queen's three-strand pearl necklace was iconic. This gold initial version is more 'modern Anne Boleyn', and still brilliant
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Missoma / £95
Handcrafted from recycled materials, this 18ct gold-plated vermeil ring reminds us of smooth, twisted driftwood
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Mango / £15.99
Thick gold hoops studded with faux pearls feel utterly contemporary. Wear with angular black eyeliner this autumn
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Stellar 79 / £75
Is it just us, or do these gold vermeil and pearl studs look like tiny Ferrero Rochers sitting on their crinkled wrappers? Tasty
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Lily & Roo / £55
If simple silver jewellery's more your jam, try this delicate ethically-made chain strung with a single freshwater pearl
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Olivia Burton / £55
An asymmetrical rose gold chain bracelet is unusual enough to be eye-catching, simple enough to go with virtually everything
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Knitwear-inspired textiles are here to make your home even cosier

There's nothing like pulling on your favourite jumper after it's been tucked in a drawer throughout a long, hot summer. So as temperatures start to dip, we're channelling comforting autumn/winter knitwear in our homeware choices. In our dreams, we'd flop down every evening onto a sofa stacked with fleece, cable knit and delicate ribbed cashmere cushions by luxury Italian fashion house Brunello Cucinelli (from £420) – but back in the real world, we're turning to independent brands and the high street.

First up: Wool Couture's colourful stripe crochet cushions (£39.99), which we like to think of as the comfy aesthetic cousin to Victoria Beckham's influencer-approved rainbow vest. Prefer block colours? Try Perch & Parrow's classic cable knit cushion (£30) or The Home Cozy's waffle-textured cushion covers (£38.99). Dunelm's oversized knit-inspired storage baskets are the practical route into the trend (£35), while Evie and Fi's customisable yarn signs (£6.95) will add a textural touch to your gallery wall. We're also seriously into John Lewis' knitted pouffes (£80) and Loaf's super-chunky throws (£155 each), both of which come in a range of warm and neutral colours. Time to snuggle up.  


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