Marr assesses the Queen’s moves to modernise the monarchy over the last 60 years, from the abolition of the presentation of debutantes in 1958 to the opening up of the Palaces, themed receptions and garden parties at the Palace, and the very modern wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Reflecting on the hugely successful royal wedding, Prince William and Prince Harry talk about their grandmother’s influence on the day – including their choice of uniforms! The programme also looks at her response to the challenges of the ‘Annus Horribilis’ of 1992, and asks whether there is a royal master plan, with insight from members of the Royal Family on how they divide and choose their duties and engagements. David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny also give their verdict on the Queen s groundbreaking visit to Ireland. [51 minutes]
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Series Description: For the first time in modern history a monarch reaches her Diamond Jubilee. To mark the occasion The Diamond Queen presents a definitive analysis of The Queen's reign, examining her history, constitutional role and responsibilities and her impact around the world. It features interviews with prime ministers, world leaders and special interviews with members of the Royal Family, and closely follows the Queen's working engagements around the world for the period of more than a year and a half.
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