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
London is, indisputably, the capital of Britain’s royal life. Here, the young Princess Elizabeth grew up before World War II. Here, she and her sister, Margaret, mingled, incognito, with the joyous crowds on VE Day. It is still the center of a working monarchy. Join Trevor McDonald as he reports on the tradition of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visits Horseguards to meet the man who is in charge of the troops who guard the queen. watch
Join Sir Trevor McDonald as he introduces us to the ongoing traditions of the monarchy in London watch