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Old 02-04-2012, 11:50 AM
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"The Diamond Queen" (2012) 3-part BBC doco on Elizabeth II

Andrew Marr presents a three-part documentary series looking at the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, with special interviews and remarkable archive footage.

The Diamond Queen: Princes William and Harry say Elizabeth 'doesn't care for celebrity' | Mail Online

Prince Harry pays tribute to the Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh | Mail Online

The Queen wears head scarf to protects against 'Siberian' cold at Jubilee tree planting ceremony | Mail Online
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:33 PM
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Great Article from Mail Online, thanks for posting it. Liked hearing from the grandchildren...
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:45 PM
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Great! I'm looking forward to seeing the documentary on Monday.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:26 PM
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A short clip from msnbc that covers a bit of everything: the documentary, William's marriage and deployment and Pippa's supposed relationship with Earl Percy.

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Old 02-04-2012, 06:24 PM
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The Diamond Queen on BBC1 - Programme News - TV Wales - Leisure - Daily Post North Wales
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:16 AM
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"The Diamond Queen"

EPISODE ONE
Andrew Marr looks at what the Queen does both at home and abroad, following her to the Middle East and U.S. He observes the day-to-day duties of the royal family, hearing from The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Princess Eugenie about the remarkable skills the Queen has acquired during her sixty-year reign.
Sticking to her private motto – 'I have to be seen to be believed' – Marr reveals the energy she puts into every engagement. The influence of her grandfather, father and mother, the impact of the abdication, and the unique relationship between the Head of State and her Government is also assessed. David Cameron, Tony Blair, William Hague, Sir John Major and Princess Beatrice also star.

EPISODE TWO
Andrew Marr looks at the Queen's attempts 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 royal wedding last year. Reflecting on this hugely successful event, Prince William and Prince Harry both talk about their grandmother’s influence on the wedding day and her advice on such matters as the guest list and the most suitable uniforms to wear.

EPISODE THREE
In the final episode of this three-part series, Andrew Marr looks at the defining moments of the Queen's reign, beginning with her accession to the throne in 1952 and her Coronation sixteen months later. He examines how she has coped with decades of changing and sometimes tense relations with the media, looks backwards and forwards at royal Jubilees and charts her trip to Australia to look at what some see as her most enduring achievement – the Commonwealth. And – for the first time – all of the Queen’s adult grandchildren have their say about ‘The Diamond Queen’.

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:42 PM
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Short of granting an interview herself, this promises to be as close to the Queen as we are likely to get with most of her children & grandchildren participating. The short preview clips I have seen look encouraging, and Andrew Marr is an excellent reporter/interviewer of some considerable experience.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:22 PM
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really enjoyed the first part of the documentary and look forward to the rest.

Lovely to hear Eugiene and Beatrice taking about 'Granny' and especially the tour round the wendy house that the Queen was given by the people of wales when she was a small child. There has recently been a refurb that lasted a year of the cottage that Beatrice was in charge of offseeing. She said that even today the Queen likes to visit and that the future will be for Savannah Phillips and any more great-grandchildren to use. I think this is the first time cameras have filmed the inside of the cottage though we;ve seen pictures with the royals on the exterior.

Always fascinating to me is the relationship she has with the Prime Ministers of the day - her weekly meetings and the access to Cabinet papers and files. To be "Reader Number One" as Downing Street call her must be so insightful to what is actually happening in the political world. Knowing political goings on and behind the doors secerts yet never speaking opinion on the matters and what she thinsk about policy and politicians must require such as great skill.
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Do you know if it will air on BBCA?
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The programme was quite enjoyable, although there was no really big revelations. I've read Andrew Marr's book that accompanies the series and so most of it was familiar to me.

A few things:

It always tickles me to see the Queen putting the Imperial State Crown on by herself. It just kind of sums HM up if you know what I mean - no nonsense with hairdressers etc. There was also a lovely close up shot of the Cullinan at the front.

It was nice to see Beatrice and Eugenie. Beatrice was wearing a lovely dress. She mentioned that they bring Savannah to play in the gorgeous wendy house at Windsor.

Did anyone else see that the Queen appears to have a photograph of Haakon and Mette Marit in her apartment at BP? I could be mistaken.

On a shallow note, Prince Harry just gets hotter and hotter as he gets older.
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Does anyone know if this is going to be shown in the US?
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:07 AM
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Does anyone know if this is going to be shown in the US?
Somebody asked this question yesterday, BBCA doesn't show it on its listings for the next week or so and I did a search on its website and it came up with just articles from different websites.
As for any other channel i'm not too sure. Best bet is youtube or DVD.
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The Diamond Queen part 1
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I really enjoyed the first episode. Highlights for me were some of the footage of the early years of her reign such as the commonwealth tours - just seeing some of those stills photos from magazines & books I have coming to life. I agree that the clip of her arranging the crown on her Royal head was a delight treated exactly as if it were just a hat for a Sunday service. I think Andrew Marr's commentary is another highlight.
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It was nice to see Beatrice and Eugenie. Beatrice was wearing a lovely dress. She mentioned that they bring Savannah to play in the gorgeous wendy house at Windsor.

Did anyone else see that the Queen appears to have a photograph of Haakon and Mette Marit in her apartment at BP? I could be mistaken.
I thought it was sweet to hear Beatrice say that they bring Savannah down to play. Just like any normal family.

And yes there was a photo of Haakon and Mette-Marit and also one of the Japanese Empress I think?
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Thank you MagMil for posting that episode. It was wonderful to watch and I can't wait to see the rest. Hopefully that will get posted here as well.
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Thank you MagMil for posting that episode. It was wonderful to watch and I can't wait to see the rest. Hopefully that will get posted here as well.

You are welcome
This episode is really wonderful , and when I would find next episode(I think they will posted next week,every weekend one of three parts documentary), I will posted here
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I've been following HM for more than 40 years and this was new, fresh and I thoroughly enjoyed it. THANK YOU, MagMil for posting it.

Other observations:

Beatrice and Eugenie are being written off way too soon. B is so poised and confident and E will get there in good time. Charles might want to rethink his plans for "the girls."

Andrew certainly seems to know his stuff. If he's not working, what a waste of a smart man.

I was hoping that Fiona Bruce would host this program, but I think Mr. Marr's commentary was perfect.

The Princess Royal is the epitome of the daughter of a Queen, especially when she speaks.

It goes without saying that HM is virtually indescribable.
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That video on youtube has been taken due to copyright. I tried watching the episode online from the BBC but it's only available to people in the UK. Anyone know how we can watch the full episode in the US?
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I would like to watch it too here in Europe.
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