The Diamond Queen
Watch Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 1:30pm on WMHT TV.
In this first episode, with remarkable archive footage, Andrew Marr tells the childhood story of the young girl who never expected to reign over us. He looks closely at the influence of her grandfather, father and mother and the impact of the abdication, and hears from The Queen's grandchildren about what it must have been like to become Queen at the age 25. Marr examines exactly what The Queen's role as Head of State actually entails, and follows her to the Middle East and the USA to assess the global impact of the Royal Family on British trade and international relations.
In the second of three programmes which tell the story of The Queen as she reaches her Diamond Jubilee, Andrew Marr assesses the steps she has taken to modernise the monarchy. This episode also looks back at the challenges faced by the Monarchy in the Annus Horribilis of 1992, follows her on the groundbreaking visit to the Republic of Ireland last May, and looks back on the happy times The Queen spent on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Peter and Zara Phillips talk about family holidays on the yacht, and Tony Blair speaks of the decision he took to scrap it when he came to power in 1997.
In the last of these three programmes, Andrew Marr looks at the defining moments of The Queen's reign, beginning with her accession to the throne in 1952 and her Coronation sixteen months later. He examines how she's coped with decades of changing and sometimes tense relations with the media, looks backwards and forwards at royal Jubilees and charts her trip to Australia to look at what some see as her most enduring achievement, the Commonwealth. And - for the first time - all of The Queen's adult grandchildren have their say about 'The Diamond Queen'.