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The Royal House of Windsor

  • 2017
  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

Compelling documentary telling the story of the great dynasty, which began in 1917 when King George V changed the royal family's name from the German Saxe-Coburg and Gotha due to the anti-German sentiment in the British Empire during the First World War.

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Episode 3: The Royal House of Windsor: Prince Philip

Summary

This episode reveals how Prince Philip was frustrated by having to give up his beloved naval career in exchange for a lifetime of trailing after his wife - but channelled his energy into becoming the Windsors' most radical moderniser. When Elizabeth is catapulted on to the throne, her husband wants to assert his rights by having his children bear his surname of Mountbatten. But the young and inexperienced Queen faces formidable opposition from her mother, grandmother and the most powerful man in the land, the PM Sir Winston Churchill. They want the Royal Family to retain the very English name 'Windsor', and the Queen gives in. Philip deals with this blow by launching a series of radical modernisation projects: overhauling the management of Buckingham Palace and refitting the Royal Yacht. But he's thwarted at every turn by the palace old guard who distrust him and dislike change. In 1956, the Prince responds by setting off alone on a four-month world cruise, giving rise to rumours of a rift in the royal marriage. By the 1960s the Royal Family are looking tired and out of touch, so Prince Philip embarks on his most ambitious modernising scheme yet. He harnesses the medium of television to revamp the royal image. They appear in a fly-on-the-wall documentary Royal Family. It's a tremendous success, watched by two thirds of the British population. But with the benefit of hindsight, the documentary opened Pandora's Box. The people had seen the Royal Family in their off-duty clothesMountbatten.

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  • Episode 3

    The Royal House of Windsor: Prince Philip

    Summary

    This episode reveals how Prince Philip was frustrated by having to give up his beloved naval career in exchange for a lifetime of trailing after his wife - but channelled his energy into becoming the Windsors' most radical moderniser. When Elizabeth is catapulted on to the throne, her husband wants to assert his rights by having his children bear his surname of Mountbatten. But the young and inexperienced Queen faces formidable opposition from her mother, grandmother and the most powerful man in the land, the PM Sir Winston Churchill. They want the Royal Family to retain the very English name 'Windsor', and the Queen gives in. Philip deals with this blow by launching a series of radical modernisation projects: overhauling the management of Buckingham Palace and refitting the Royal Yacht. But he's thwarted at every turn by the palace old guard who distrust him and dislike change. In 1956, the Prince responds by setting off alone on a four-month world cruise, giving rise to rumours of a rift in the royal marriage. By the 1960s the Royal Family are looking tired and out of touch, so Prince Philip embarks on his most ambitious modernising scheme yet. He harnesses the medium of television to revamp the royal image. They appear in a fly-on-the-wall documentary Royal Family. It's a tremendous success, watched by two thirds of the British population. But with the benefit of hindsight, the documentary opened Pandora's Box. The people had seen the Royal Family in their off-duty clothesMountbatten.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorNick Tanner
    Executive producerDenys Blakeway
    Executive producerNick Bullen
    ProducerNick Tanner
    Series producerLeonie Jameson

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