Hugo Vickers gave a fluent, entertaining, gossipy account of his career as a royal chronicler to Biographers’ Club members at Maggs in Bedford Square on Tuesday 29 May.

His talk ranged from his early fascination with royal history – fuelled in part by a school visit to St George’s chapel in Windsor – to his adventures in writing about figures including Princess Alice of Greece (the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother), Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (on whose life he had a good deal of material unavailable to the official biographer, William Shawcross), and most recently Queen Mary (his edition of the riveting interviews made by James Pope-Hennessy while writing the life of George V’s consort, which were considered too indiscreet to publish until now). He is pictured with Jane Ridley, Biographers’ Club Chair.