Red White and Royal Blue PDF - Overview
Red White and Royal Blue is a 2019 LGBT romance novel by Casey McQuiston. The novel centres around the character of Alex Claremont-Diaz, the First Son of the United States, and his romantic relationship with Prince Henry, a British prince. The novel gained generally positive reviews, especially for its representation of a gay relationship.
McQuiston first came up with the idea for what would become Red White and Royal Blue during the 2016 American presidential elections. While watching a season of the HBO comedy series Veep and reading both a Hillary Clinton biography by Carl Bernstein, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, they found themself intrigued by the extravagant, high-profile lifestyle of the royals.
Red White and Royal Blue
Plot of Red White and Royal Blue
Alex Claremont-Diaz is the son of America’s first female president, who is getting ready to run for re-election in 2020. After an incident at a royal wedding, Alex has to pretend to be friends with Britain’s Prince Henry, to prevent it becoming a full-blown diplomatic and media crisis that would distract from his mother’s election bid.
While the effort is initially to control the damage, the two actually do become friends. They eventually become romantically involved when Henry reveals he is gay and Alex realizes he is bisexual. They have to reconcile this with their positions on the world stage, while trying not to endanger his mother’s re-election.
Main Characters of Red White and Royal Blue
- Alex Claremont-Diaz is the First Son of the United States and the brother of June Claremont-Diaz. The book is written from his perspective.
- Henry Fox-Mountchristen-Windsor is a British prince and third in line to the British throne.
- June Claremont-Diaz is the First Daughter of the United States and the sister of Alex Claremont-Diaz.
- Ellen Claremont is the first female President of the United States. A Democrat from Texas, she is the mother of Alex and June Claremont-Diaz and the ex-wife of Oscar Diaz.
- Zahra Bankston is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Ellen Claremont.
- Nora Holleran is the granddaughter of Vice-President Mike Holleran. Along with Alex and June Claremont-Diaz, she makes up the ‘White House Trio’.
- Percy ‘Pez’ Okonjo is the best friend of Prince Henry. He is the founder of several charities and non-profit organizations.
- Beatrice Fox-Mountchristen-Windsor is the older sister of Prince Henry and the younger sister of Prince Phillip. She is a recovering cocaine addict, an addiction which was developed after her father’s death. She is the fourth in line for the throne.
Minor characters of Red White and Royal Blue
- Amy Chen is a Secret Service agent and security detail to the First Family. She is trans and married to an unnamed woman.
- Cassius (also referred to as ‘Cash’) is another security detail to the First Family. He is pansexual.
- Oscar Diaz is a Senator from California, the father of Alex and June Claremont-Diaz, and the ex-husband of Ellen Claremont.
- Mike Holleran is Ellen Claremont’s vice-president. He is the grandfather of Nora Holleran.
- Leo is the second husband of Ellen Claremont, First Gentleman of the United States, and the step-father to June and Alex Claremont-Diaz.
- Rafael Luna is a young Independent Senator from Colorado. He is Latino and openly gay. Alex Claremont campaigned on Luna’s campaign and the two are close friends.
- Jeffery Richards is the far-right Republican nominated to face Ellen Claremont in the 2020 election.
- Shaan Srivastava is an equerry to Prince Henry. During the course of the book he gets engaged to Zahra Bankston.