June 2018

Season 1 Episode 8 - Happy And Glorious

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As the Queen moved into the 2010s, there was a new confidence to her reign. 2012 marked her Diamond Jubilee year. She was only the second monarch to have ever achieved this milestone, the first had been Queen Victoria. Britain organised a jubilee pageant on the Thames to give thanks to the sovereign for an extraordinary 60 years of service to her country.
May 2018

Season 1 Episode 7 - Reinventing The Royals

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At the turn of the millennium, the Queen was battling negative public opinion. The break-up of her childrens’ marriages and the death of Princess Diana had affected the monarchy’s popularity. The millennium was an appropriate opportunity to move on from the negative 1990s. She was guest of honour at the Millennium Dome New Year’s Eve Celebrations. As midnight struck, everyone broke into Auld Lang Syne, but the Queen looked ill at ease joining in as she shook Tony Blair’s hand.

Season 1 Episode 6 - The Crown In Crisis

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The 90’s were the Queen’s most challenging decade on the throne. Over the course of the decade she would face relentless public criticism, and painful private tragedy. In 1992, the year she dubbed her ‘Annus Horribilis’, she saw the collapse of three of her children’s marriages, as well as the devastating destruction of her home Windsor Castle. Despite its significance as a heritage site, the public reacted angrily at the idea of paying for its restoration. Instead the Queen decided to open Buc...

Season 1 Episode 5 - Strong And Steady

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The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981 marked the beginning of a golden age for the Queen and the monarchy. The Queen had rarely been more popular, but these years were not without challenges, especially in the political sphere. The Queen had a female Prime Minister for the very first time - Margaret Thatcher. It was an awkward relationship and Thatcher’s politics often put the Queen in difficult situations. On one key occasion during a commonwealth conference in Zambia, she had t...

Season 1 Episode 4 - The Crown Under Attack

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In the 1970s Britain was in the throes of an economic catastrophe and massive social strife. The Queen would need to prove herself as a steadfast leader. When her uncle, the Duke of Windsor, died in 1972, she fought to reconcile her divided family. His abdication in 1936 had forced her fragile father, George VI, to take on the heavy burden of Kingship, a responsibility which the Queen Mother blamed for his early death. At the Duke’s funeral the Queen was generous to his widow, Wallis, and even ...
April 2018

Season 1 Episode 3 - Modernising The Monarchy

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At the end of the 1950s, Britain was transforming. The country was on the edge of a social revolution. But the Queen was criticised for being stuck in the past, she was seen as remote and inaccessible. To remain relevant, she embraced modern technology and gave her first ever televised Christmas broadcast, during which she awkwardly battled to overcome her natural reserve. Abroad she was much more successful in adapting to the changing times. She encouraged the former colonies of the British E...

Season 1 Episode 2 - Pomp And Circumstance

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Planning the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, there was controversy about whether TV cameras would be permitted to cover the ceremony. At first, she resisted. A public outcry compelled a re-think and the whole ceremony was televised, except for the most sacred moment - the anointing of the Queen. Her beauty, dignity and calmness made the event a world-wide success. Further evidence of her deep religious convictions came when she invited US evangelist Billy Graham to preach at Windsor Castle.

Season 1 Episode 1 - Queen In Waiting

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Princess Elizabeth grew up in the Piccadilly home of her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York. The Abdication of her uncle, Edward VIII, in 1936 appeared to be a catastrophe to her family, catapulting her nervous father onto the throne as King George VI. Elizabeth became heir to the throne aged 10, and seemed to be a shy girl with a limited education.