The 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, which boosted the spirits of a Britain still recovering from World War II. Included: archival footage of their first public appearance as a couple.
Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne in 1952 is recalled. Also: her sister Princess Margaret's romance with war hero and divorcée Peter Townsend; her son Prince Charles' 1981 wedding to Lady Diana Spencer; Charles and Diana's rocky marriage; Diana's 1997 death; the Queen's Golden Jubilee and 80th birthday; Charles' marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles; the emergence of a new generation of royalty in princes William and Henry.
The years 1936-52. Included: the rule of George VI, who took the throne after King Edward VIII abdicated, and his wife, Elizabeth (later to be known as the Queen Mother), who provided the British public leadership and support during WWII; the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II.
The history of Britain's ruling Windsor family opens with the years 1911-36. Included: the rule of George V, who ascended the throne after his elder brother Albert died. Also: the 1936 controversy in which Edward VIII, George's first-born son, abdicated the throne less than a year after being crowned. (He did so in order to marry divorcée Wallis Simpson.)