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The Queen: In Her Own Words

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  • News and current affairs

Summary

Documentary showcasing Queen Elizabeth II's speeches and interviews from across her 68-year reign, from her first public address at the age of 14 in the midst of the Second World War, to recent appearances on the 75th anniversary of D-Day and during the coronavirus lockdown. The programme also examines a rare candid recording of the queen, in which she is heard discussing world affairs in French

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Review

As the coronavirus pandemic reached its terrible, destructive peak, the Queen addressed the nation: “We will see our friends again, we will see our families again, we will meet again.”

It was widely hailed as a brilliant, empathetic speech that reached out to and caught the mood of a country reeling from debilitating tragedy and desperate uncertainty.

This hastily assembled documentary has all the hallmarks of a Channel 5 retread of old ground – the usual clutch of royal commentators (Ingrid Seward, Jenni Bond, Hugo Vickers) – some leadenly obvious “observations” (“people look up to her and listen to her”) and loads of archive footage of the Queen’s best-known speeches.

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UnknownOliver Wright
DirectorStuart Strickson
ProducerStuart Strickson

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