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Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals

  • Episode:

    3 of 4

  • Transmission (TX):

    Thu 06 Feb 2020

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 06 2020 : Sat 01 Feb - Fri 07 Feb

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  • Published:

    Tue 21 Jan 2020

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Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals

Series overview

Using rarely-seen footage and revealing historical documents, this major new four-part series tells the inside story of Queen’s reign from the Coronation to the present. 

Historians, eyewitnesses, and royal insiders offer new insights on the pivotal moments in the Queen’s life, with intriguing revelations about the real woman behind the Crown.

Queen Elizabeth II has been on the British throne for 67 years. A record-breaking reign which began at the dawn of the TV age as nearly 300 million people watched her glittering Coronation. The event marked a turning point for war ravaged Britain, as it entered a new Elizabethan age. In the years since, Queen Elizabeth II has become one of the most respected leaders on earth.  Her story over the past seven decades has fascinated and delighted people, not just in Britain but around the world.

Themed across four episodes the series provides fresh insight from historians, biographers, royal insiders and the wider family along with eyewitnesses who all contribute to a new intimate portrait of the Queen and her family at key moments.  

Each programme addresses a theme that has dominated the lives of Elizabeth and her family from ‘Love & Duty’ and ‘Front Page News’ to ‘Trials and Tribulations’ and ‘The Top Job’. Each episode is packed with rarely seen archive and recently unearthed documents which shed new light on often told stories. The four episodes create a series full of stories that reveal more about who the Queen and her family really are and how they have navigated the often turbulent times of her record-breaking reign. 

Episode 3

This episode explores how the Queen has handled some of the greatest trials and tribulations of her reign, from national disasters like Aberfan and Grenfell to personal tragedies like the murder of Lord Mountbatten and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. 

One of the Queen’s most important tasks is leading the nation in times of sadness and striking the balance between stoicism and emotion, channelling the nation’s grief while comforting those affected. Throughout her reign, she has played the role of healer and conciliator. Some of the greatest conflicts she has had to deal with have been within her own family. In 1972, it fell upon the Queen to end a decades-long family feud with her uncle, the Duke of Windsor, who abdicated in 1936. The Queen Mother had blamed him for the early death of her husband George VI. By visiting the Duke on his death bed, the Queen turned the page on a painful chapter in the history of the Royal Family. 

In 1979 her family was ripped apart by the IRA’s murder of Lord Mountbatten. Decades later the Queen would have to put duty before her feelings by shaking the hand of Martin McGuinness, an IRA commander at the time of Mountbatten’s assassination – a powerful symbolic act of political reconciliation. But perhaps the most challenging year of the Queen’s reign would be 1992, her so-called ‘Annus Horribilis’, when family scandal, press ridicule and the catastrophic Windsor Castle fire tested her skills as monarch and mother to the limit. Diana’s death in 1997 marked another turning point when the Queen’s slow response to the nation’s grief threatened to destabilise the monarchy, but she turned the tide against her with a heartfelt speech touching on her dual role as Queen and grandmother. 

Produced by Spungold for ITV.