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Old 09-25-2018, 12:45 PM
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By royal appointment: Robert Hardman goes behind the scenes with the Queen of the World - Telegraph
In the first of Hardman’s two-part series, Queen of the World, 18 months in the making and which begins tonight on ITV, he charts Elizabeth II’s bond with the Commonwealth – 20 per cent of the world’s land mass and 2.4 billion of the global population. “I have never heard her use the word legacy,” he argues, “but that’s what we are talking about.”

On the death of her father, George VI, in 1952, the post-colonial “family of nations” was in its infancy. The new Queen’s coronation robe the following year contained the emblems of its then just eight members.

“Everything else was inherited – the Crown, the jewels, the army, the Church of England – but,” says Hardman, “the one thing that wasn’t inherited was the Commonwealth. Her appointment as its head wasn’t, and over 70 years she has earned it. That’s the key to understanding how she feels about it.”
The Duke has now, of course, retired from public duties, but the Queen continues tirelessly. There have, though, been some adjustments made for age. She no longer, for example, travels the Commonwealth. Taking her place these past eight years has been Prince Charles, who was earlier year agreed as the next head of the Commonwealth by its leaders. But those flowers on Meghan’s wedding dress, and the recent appointment of Prince Harry by his grandmother as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, give another glimpse of the future, estimates Hardman.

“The Commonwealth is clearly going to be important in their lives. It is there that Harry is going to be able to help his brother, William, with a lot of the heavy lifting.”

Queen of the World is on ITV on Tuesday night at 9.15pm.
That's today! - But unfortunately, there are no places for people outside the UK to see stuff like this live anymore (not even the ''TVPC'' link works when it comes to ITV).


Here is a bit more (from amazon) about the book with the same name:

Written by the renowned royal biographer, Robert Hardman, and with privileged access to the Royal Family and the Royal Household, a brilliant new portrait of the most famous woman in the world and her place in it.

On today's world stage, one leader stands apart. Queen Elizabeth II has seen more of the planet and its people than any other head of state, and has engaged with them like no other monarch in British history. Since her coronation, she has visited over 130 countries across the ever-changing globe, acting as diplomat, stateswoman, pioneer and peace-broker.

She has transformed her father’s old empire into the Commonwealth, her ‘family of nations’, and has come to know its leaders better than anyone. In 2018, they would gather in her own home to endorse her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, as her successor.

With extensive access to the Queen’s family and staff, Hardman tells a true story full of drama, intrigue, exotic and even dangerous situations, heroes, rogues, pomp and glamour – and, at the centre of it all, the woman who has genuinely won the hearts of the world.

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Old 09-25-2018, 07:39 PM
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The quality isn’t good because it’s taken from the television, but a lovely clip of The Duchess of Cambridge talking with a Commonwealth clothes designer. The ending is cute.

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Old 09-25-2018, 08:02 PM
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I’ll be watching it on HBO on the 1st of October.

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Old 09-25-2018, 08:35 PM
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The quality isn’t good because it’s taken from the television, but a lovely clip of The Duchess of Cambridge talking with a Commonwealth clothes designer. The ending is cute.
That young girl was the highlight of the programme for me - and her mum!

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Old 09-26-2018, 02:03 PM
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Episode 1:

Unfortunately no HQ - but still it´s all right!
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:07 PM
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For Australian viewers "Queen of the World" will be shown on Channel 7 on Tuesday 2nd October and Wednesday 3rd October at 7.30 pm Sydney time.
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Old 09-26-2018, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by wartenberg7 View Post
Episode 1:

Unfortunately no HQ - but still it´s all right!
Certainly it is all right...Thank you for posting this as it was much enjoyed. Can't wait for episode 2!
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:22 AM
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It's being shown on Channel 7 here next week, but I am enjoying watching it NOW. Thanks for posting it. This is amazing stuff really.

The Queen's commitment to the Commonwealth has been truly extraordinary over all these decades. Only a few weeks ago I took a look at the Queen's 1954 tour (mentioned in this episode.) Millions of people came out to see her and Prince Philip, huge crowds everywhere.
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Episode 2:

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