The final episode opens with the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II and covers her reign (the longest since Victoria’s and still going strong). Her glamorous older sister, Margaret, finally decides to settle down and the Queen in her mid 30’s has a second family, adding two more Princes to Charles and Anne. All four of her children would bring trouble to the Queen’s door when they were adults. Failed royal marriages were a tabloid dream. Worse was to come. Diana’s death would leave two young princes without a mother and a country in shock.
But the new century would see the incredible recovery of public goodwill, from The Queen's Golden Jubilee to her 80th birthday, to the happy marriage of Charles and Camilla and to the emergence of the new generation Princes William and Harry. Now as The Queen approaches her Diamond Jubilee she seems indestructible. watch
King George V was a shy man who became monarch by accident. He lacked charisma, but with his generous heart and loyal wife, Queen Mary, he eventually won over his people. Prince Edward, his son and heir, was handsome, charming, and a natural communicator who loved modernity (he was everything his father wasn't). Prince Albert (Bertie), George and Mary's second son, was even more shy and modest than his father. He reluctantly became king when Edward neglected his royal duty for the love of a divorced American woman, Wallis Simpson. The abdication would nearly bring the House of Windsor to its knees. watch
Edward's abdication was the worst possible news for his younger brother, Bertie, Duke of York. Happily married with two young daughters, he longed for a quiet country life. Now, duty compelled him to be King. On May 12, 1937, he was crowned George VI (taking his father's name for continuity). The remarkable strength of his vivacious wife, Elizabeth (The future Queen Mum), helped him find a new confidence and poise. World War II and the blitz that threatened to destroy London revealed him as a modest but unwavering hero. Also in this episode, we meet the two young princesses. watch