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Philip Ziegler was born in 1929 and educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, where he gained first-class honours in jurisprudence. He then joined the diplomatic service and served in Vientiane, Paris, Pretoria, and Bogotá before resigning to join the publishers William Collins, where he was editorial director for more than 15 years. His books have included biographies of William IV, Melbourne, Lady Diana Cooper, Mountbatten, and Edward VIII. He lives in London.
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