Hugo Vickers is a biographer, lecturer and broadcaster, specialising in the twentieth century. His most recent biography, of the Duke of Edinburgh's mother, Princess Andrew of Greece, was published in 2000. His book, The Kiss, won the Stern Silver Pen for Non-Fiction in 1996. Vickers was invited to become Cecil Beaton's authorised biographer in 1979, and two days after he started work Beaton died. His biography was published in 1985 and has just been reissued for the sixth time. Since 1987, he has served as Beaton's literary executor. He is retained by ITN as its royalty consultant. Hugo Vickers is married and lives in Hampshire with his wife and three children.