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The Queen: Inside The Crown

  • Episode:

    4 of 4

  • Transmission (TX):

    Thu 21 May 2020

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 21 2020 : Sat 16 May - Fri 22 May

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  • Published:

    Tue 05 May 2020

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When the Queen told her people in 2020: “We will meet again,” she was giving only her fifth unscheduled national address in nearly seventy years. For the first time, this film follows the Royal family’s own frightening experience of the Corona Virus crisis - Charles caught it, and many believe the Queen herself had a “near miss”.

The film also reminds us of the 94-year-old Queen’s subtle statesmanship. Over her record breaking 68-year reign, Elizabeth II has mastered the art of being a monarch, both at home and abroad. The film examines that reign, from her glorious Coronation to the muted but emotional VE Day celebrations in 2020.

We see encounters with world leaders from Gorbachev to Trump. Powerful leaders who all highly coveted an invitation to Buckingham Palace. But not all visits go well. Ronald Reagan raised eyebrows after being a bit too “touchy feely” with Her Majesty. And in The National Archives at Kew, royal biographer Robert Hardman uncovers how the visit of Romanian leader Nicolae Ceaușescu both embarrassed Downing Street, and sent the Queen scuttling behind a tree in Buckingham Palace’s back garden trying to avoid the Ceaușescus.

Elizabeth II inherited the crown at just 25 years old, and coming just a few years after World War II her glittering Coronation ushered in a new wave of optimism and hope. We meet two of her Maids of Honour who attended to her on the day she was crowned.

The film also reminds us of the Monarch’s steady hand on the Commonwealth tiller, a personal project which has seen the old Empire transformed. Today, with Prince Philip at her side, Elizabeth’s measured response to Covid 19 (after a tricky 2019) may well have left the Royal Family in the best shape for years.