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Our Queen at Ninety

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    Sun 27 Mar 2016
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    8.00pm - 10.00pm
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    Week 13 2016 : Sat 26 Mar - Fri 01 Apr
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Our Queen at Ninety
“I said to my mother the other day, do you realise that when you reach 90 I shall have known you for 68 years, she had to laugh a little bit.” HRH The Prince of Wales
In this two-hour landmark programme celebrating The Queen's 90th birthday, ITV cameras have been granted close access to the work of Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family across the United Kingdom and overseas during the last year.
Our Queen at Ninety includes individual contributions from many key figures in her life, including Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, The Countess of Wessex and Peter Phillips.
In addition, leading national and international figures will feature, including Prime Minister David Cameron, along with famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment, as well as material from the most comprehensive international film archives.
Viewers will also see Her Majesty attending and hosting various events, including a reception for the Rugby World Cup and the Chinese State Visit, as well as seeing Her Majesty working and relaxing at home. 
Speaking about Her Majesty, HRH The Prince of Wales says: “I said to my mother the other day, do you realise that when you reach 90 I shall have known you for 68 years, she had to laugh a little bit.”
He continued: “When you think that all these years the Queen has been on throne, that in itself is a huge achievement, coping with so many different challenges and complications and always being there really in that remarkable way – steadfast.” 
As she reaches her 90th birthday, this film aims to offer a fresh insight into our monarch's life and work; a remarkable story of an extraordinary life which in so many ways reflects the changing face of the nation.
Her Majesty The Queen
As the Queen, with her family in formal dress gathers in a Buckingham Palace ante room preparing to make her entrance into a reception for 600 diplomats who are waiting in the adjoining room to meet her, she says: “Is that the right time?” [looking at her watch] “Do you think, if we open the door, is there anyone here?” 
The Duke of Cambridge
Talking about Her Majesty, as he was growing up, the Duke of Cambridge said: "Growing up, having this figurehead, having this stability above me has been incredible. I have been able to explore, understand, slightly carve my own path. I greatly appreciate and value that protection."
Talking about the Armed Forces, The Duke said: “It is about service to others and helping the community, helping in the national interest.”
The Duke added: “The Royal family, and particularly the monarch, has always had a close bond with the armed forces. I think it's to do with shared values, sacrifice, dedication, loyalty, and the Armed Forces don't get enough recognition. So it's a key part of the Royal family and the monarch to bring that to light.”
Discussing UK pageantry, The Duke said: “We're very good at pomp and ceremony. In the UK, we're proud of it, but round the world it's seen as a real coup to be able to pull off something like that. For such a small country we pack a big international punch.”
On how members of the public react to meeting Her Majesty, the Duke of Cambridge said: “A lot of people get very excited and sort of nervous around her. And I've seen some very comical moments. I've seen people literally faint in front of her. It's quite a startling moment as to what to do when you faint in front of the Queen. There's a lot of trembling knees and people can't talk sometimes. It's quite difficult talking to people when they can’t talk. You don't get very far; I don't get past the hellos.”
The Duchess of Cambridge
Monarchy has always been a family concern and in May 2015 The Queen’s fourth great-grandchild was born – Charlotte, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 
On having a daughter, the Duchess of Cambridge said: “It's very special having a new little girl…I feel very, very lucky that George has got a little sister. The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl, and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington she was one of our first visitors here.”
The Duchess also revealed that what George called Her Majesty: “George is only two-and-a-half and he calls her ‘Gan-Gan.’ She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay and that just shows her love for her family.”
Talking about The Queen passing on her experiences to her, the Duchess of Cambridge said: “She's been very generous in not being forceful at all and in any of her views, but I feel she's been there, a gentle guidance really for me.”
The Duchess added: “The most memorable engagement for me was an away-day to Leicester. I went without William, so I was rather apprehensive about that. I think there is a real art to walkabouts. Everyone teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting. So I think I've still got to learn a little bit more and to pick up a few more tips I suppose.”
On their visit to Leicester, the Duchess continued: “She was very supportive. The fact she took the time to make sure that I was happy and looked after for that particular occasion, which probably in everything that she's doing is a very small element, it shows just how caring she is really.”
Prince Harry
The Commonwealth was in its infancy when The Queen became its Head, and it had eight members. Now 53 countries are on its books and The Queen has visited almost all of them. 
Prince Harry said: “I look at the Commonwealth and think, “Look how much it’s achieved.” But what’s really encouraging is how much more it can achieve. It’s a force for good across the whole world, and I think going forward she should be incredibly proud of what she’s led and what she’s achieved and what she’s created amongst a huge amount of people from different ethnic backgrounds, different skin colours, different experiences, different islands – whatever it be. Hats off to her, it’s incredible.”
The Queen’s first visit to a Commonwealth country was in 1947 when she travelled to South Africa with her family, and during the trip the then Princess celebrated her 21st birthday. It was there that she made her historic broadcast pledging “my whole life, whether it be long or short” to her people.
On Her Majesty’s speech to the Commonwealth, Prince Harry said: “A hugely moving speech. It’s just incredible to know that someone at that age appreciated and understood exactly what was expected of them and to basically put duty ahead of everything else so early on in her life is quite remarkable.”
Prince Harry also had this to say about his Grandmother, as he joked: “I have been asking her for years what her secret is, but she won’t tell me.”
Duke of York
The Queen feels a deep sense of belonging in the Highlands, a place where the locals are not just neighbours, but where many are old friends.  
The Duke of York said: “Her intelligence network of who’s done what, what’s happened, who’s ill, who’s died, who’s had a birth, is extraordinary. How she finds out is a mystery.”
Princess Eugenie
Summer at Balmoral, in the Scottish Highlands, is a place as dear to the Royal family as anywhere on Earth. As The Queen once explained, Balmoral is a place for hibernating, for truly being herself.
On the joys of Balmoral, Princess Eugenie said: “It's the most beautiful place on earth. I think Granny is the most happy there, I think she really, really loves the Highlands…walks, picnics, dogs, a lot of dogs, there's always dogs, and people coming in and out all the time. Family-wise we're all there, so it's a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa to be - for us to come and see them up there where you just have room to breathe and run.”
Talking about her grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Eugenie said: “I think Grandpa is incredible. He really is strong and consistent. He's been there for all these years, and I think he's the rock, you know, for all of us.”