Mourning for Diana, Megxit & Co: New Documentary Describes the Queen’s Life

Celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II are approaching in Great Britain. But there is also great interest in the British Queen in Germany. Under the leadership of SWR and RBB, a new documentary has now been created for this special anniversary of the British monarch, each depicting a defining phase in the Queen’s reign, marked by the many blows of fate and world events, in six episodes.

The documentation shows a lot of archive material from the past 70 years, commented on by contemporary witnesses and interviews with experts from the royal family. These include Mrs. Jane Ryan, maid of honor at the coronation, and Philip Forrest zu Hohenloh Langenburg, Prince Philip’s nephew. Among the experts are historians Gene Ridley and Anna Whitelock, as well as Ed Owens. Wesley Kerr and Hani Hoch report from their perspective as reporters.

Documentary Elizabeth: Relationship with Diana was also discussed

The documentation is trying not only to show the king, but also to paint a special portrait of Elizabeth. The first episode revolves around the story of getting to know Prince Philip and the two’s wedding. At that time, she had no idea that she would ascend the throne so quickly. The entertaining documentary series uses the Queen’s life as an example to show the changes and deep valleys the British monarchy has gone through in the past seven decades.

The Royal Family and Queen Elizabeth have always had critical questions about the institution, the monarchy, and the House of Windsor. One of the royal family’s biggest crises came before the accidental death of Princess Diana, who gave the British royal family needed freshness before her untimely death. The reactions around the world, the unprecedented collective grief, and the critical behavior of Queen Elizabeth are discussed in Episode 4 of the documentary.

ARD Documentary on Queen Elizabeth: A Glimpse of Consequences and Content

Episode 1: Poster Girl: Young Elizabeth and Her Marriage to Prince Phil

Episode 2: Long Live the Queen: Elizabeth suddenly becomes Queen

Episode 3: Annus Horribilis: The Queen has to deal with affairs, scandals, and separation in her family

Episode 4: Crash: Diana Dies and an Entire Country in Grief

Episode 5: Broken Dreams: Harry marries and Brexit splits the nation

Episode 6: A Long Goodbye: Harry and Meghan leave, the pandemic begins and Elizabeth mourns the loss of her husband Philip

The creators say that they want to go beyond the stone walls of the palaces and paint for viewers a picture of that life that looks like a “modern Shakespearean drama”. “[…] I don’t mean to “sell” the Queen to viewers, but rather to present her in the context of her time. And at the same time to devote ourselves to those people who have weakened or undermined the royal family from within or without, asking difficult questions about the meaning and chances of the monarchy’s survival. […]British writer and director Claire Walding, who is responsible for the documentary, says: The documentary manages to do so within its means, and with its portrayal of Elizabeth and her sheer will to serve the Crown, impressively shows the great strides Prince Charles will one day follow.

The first shows the documentary “The Queen – Fateful Years for the Queen” on May 30, 2022 at 8:15 pm from the first. Single episodes will be available in the ARD media library from May 26, 2022.

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