Over the course of 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II of England has experienced pomp, family drama, and changing political times. More than a TV documentary he wants to summarize now.
What is happening at Buckingham Palace? We are well aware of that, one might think. Finally, the drama of love, court ceremonies, family affairs, and the reproductive successes of the House of Windsor is made public by a gossip press that is at times respectable, but often thirsts for scandal.
But the English royal family is still not just tourist folklore, but a political instrument of a former world power – and by the way, the two functions are not always completely in harmony with each other, an economic process in the service of individuals. who are also something like state stock. These backgrounds, contradictions, and tensions, often not taken into account much, are touched upon at least in the many best TV shows of the 70th anniversary of the throne of Queen Elizabeth II.
96-year-old Elizabeth was proclaimed a new queen after the sudden death of her father in February 1952, but the official coronation ceremony didn’t take place until July 2, 1953 – so the anniversary was celebrated in London on Thursday and on German television in advance moving two historic dates together. Postponing the grand celebration at Westminster Abbey was a move by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who hoped that the approaching royal pomp and sacred vermilion of the upcoming election would bolster the mood of the Conservative Party. This alone indicates that the Queen’s office is a political fairy on nervous levels.
The prime minister comes for tea once a week
The Queen has seen twelve prime ministers and two principal women, and not just from afar as the people. Once a week, every British Prime Minister is required to report to the Queen for tea and biscuits. Since Labor Prime Minister Harold Wilson (1974-1976 in this position), alcohol has been available on dates as an option and to please the Queen. On Arte’s “The Queen and Her Principals” (Thursday, 8:15 p.m.), the historian demonstrates the added democratic value of a noble anachronism: it is a good thing that a person as strong as the Prime Minister literally once a week bends the knee to someone else.
The almost hour-long documentary Arte by Katrina Wolf and Larissa Klinker is sadly too short for the sheer amount of material, but still has food for thought to deliver over and over again. Even Claire Walding’s “The Queen – Fateful Years of a Queen,” which can be watched written this Monday as a two-hour film and is available as a six-part movie at ARD Media Library, can only hint at what defines the Queen as a person, a political force, and as a media phenomenon. After all, the picture changed over and over again: the brilliant and humble heir to the throne, full of curiosity about changing times, the Flint Mother of a desolate clan, who fell away from people and fell from time, and finally the brave, upright, valuable grandmother of the nation. But one thing Elizabeth has always been: more interesting than the little German princes.
The Queen on public television
“The Queen – The Fateful Years of the Queen” (Mon, 8:15 p.m.) rips through the ups, downs, and festivities of the House of Windsor.
The second offers a full programme: at night from Wednesday to Thursday from 12.45 am documentaries, on Friday from 12.10 pm. Live broadcast of the anniversary celebration from London, during the day other documentaries, also on Sunday from 6 pm.
On “The Queen and Her Principals” (Thursday, 8.15pm) it got political. Philip and his peers present the film “Prince Consorts – In the Shadow of the Crown”.