On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, respected royal broadcaster Jennie Bond explores the life of the longest reigning British monarch. Born a minor royal, Elizabeth is now the most recognisable woman in the world. Admired by many, she has reigned through a period of unprecedented change, keeping the monarchy strong and consistent despite the end of empire, public scandals and private loss.
"Thoroughly Enjoyable From Start To Finish"
Elizabeth is born. Tales of early childhood. The King dies, and the Wallis Simpson crisis ensues. King George VIth is crowned.
Princess Diana dies. The monarchy rebrands itself for the future.
Annus Horribilis. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson split up. Princess Anne divorces Mark Philips. The shaming Squidgygate and Cammillagate scandals.
The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The Falklands War. The relationship between Charles and Diana begins to fail.
The British Empire gradually dissolves. A TV documentary is made about the Royal Family. The Queen's Silver Jubilee and the assassination of Lord Moutbatten.
The Glamourous life touring the World and the difficult romances of Elizabeth's sister Margaret.
Elizabeth is crowned. Elizabeth and Philip embark on a huge tour of the Commonwealth.
July 1939: Elizabeth meets Philip her future husband. The War Years. The Royal wedding. Charles is born.