The Diamond Queen

The Diamond Queen

Series 1 - Episode 1



Andrew Marr tells us, in the first episode of this three-part series first shown last year to mark her Diamond Jubilee, that the Queen has a private motto: “I have to be seen to be believed.”

It’s a funny, telling phrase that says much about the self-image of a remarkable woman. Marr was given the best access, short of actually sitting down with the monarch for a bit of a chinwag over a plate of cheese scones, following her to the Middle East and the United States on official visits, and talking to her children and grandchildren.


Andrew Marr explores the life and achievements of Elizabeth II, in a programme first broadcast to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee last year. He begins with a look at the duties she carries out at home and abroad, hearing from other members of the royal family, including Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Edward and Princess Anne, who reveal the remarkable skills she has acquired in decades of walkabouts, state visits and receptions, and the energy she puts into every engagement. Contributors David Cameron, Tony Blair and John Major give an insight into the working relationships she has had with the 12 prime ministers who have held office during her reign.