Queen Elizabeth II
The Headline Years
She is a living legend. No king, no queen has ruled over Great Britain for longer. For many people around the world, the British queen in her colourful outfits with matching hat is an integral to Great Britain, while others consider the British monarchy a relic from a bygone age.
In this documentary, we look at six key years or phases in the life of the Queen – her headline years. Starting at the end of the Second World War and the difficult post-war years (1945-47), her (too) early ascension to the throne and the dwindling significance of the UK in world politics (1952-53), through the dramatic ‘90s, when Windsor Castle burned and Lady Di, the “People’s Princess”, left the royal family (1992) and later died tragically (1997), through to the developments in a fractured Great Britain (2018-19) and finally to the most recent events: Brexit, ‘Megxit’ and the coronavirus pandemic (2020-21).
British author and director Claire Walding combines internal and external perspectives, expertise and critical curiosity to explore questions like: How does a queen fit into a modern democracy as a head of state? What do the people see in her and in what she represents?
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A co-production by
LOOKSfilm, SWR, rbb, NDR
Author & Director