The 2000s began with the 100th birthday celebration of the Queen Mother. The events of 9/11 darkened the decade, however, and London itself would be a target of a terror attack in 2005. Among the other events recalled: the 2005 marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles; the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and the military service of princes William and Harry. The first years of the second decade of the millennium are also covered, including the 2011 marriage of William and Kate Middleton.
The 1990s saw the relationships of three of the queen's children fraying beyond repair, with the Charles-Diana marriage coming to an end in 1996. The queen called 1992 an "annus horribilis" due to those relationship difficulties (and the bad press they engendered) as well as a fire that ravaged Windsor Castle.1997 proved to be even worse, however: Princess Diana died in a Paris car crash. Other events that are recalled: the 1994 opening of the Chunnel Tunnel; and the 50th anniversary of D Day.
The 1980s are recalled. The decade got off to a memorable start with the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer; and the births of princes William (1982) and Harry (1984). All was not festive, however: Prince Andrew served aboard an aircraft carrier during the Falklands War of 1982. The decade ended with another momentous event: the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The 1970s are recalled. The decade saw Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary; and their daughter Anne marry equestrian Mark Phillips. But the years were also accented by strife: the troubles in Northern Ireland spread to mainland Britain; a fuel crisis sparked food shortages; and in 1979 Prince Philip's uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was assassinated.
Recalling the 1960s. Queen Elizabeth II gave birth to Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward in 1964. The rise of the Beatles, JFK assassination, death of Winston Churchill and 1966 World Cup are also covered.
The story of Queen Elizabeth II and the United Kingdom, which she's reigned over since 1952. The documentary series opens with her ascension to the throne, which occurred after the sudden death of her father, King George VI.