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When the Royal Family gather at Sandringham for Christmas, they will reflect on an extraordinary year for the institution they represent. From the Royal Wedding – watched by billions – to the Queen’s bridge-building visit to the Republic of Ireland; from the US President’s State Visit, to Prince Philip’s 90th birthday. And let’s not forget Kate and William’s first official tour to North America – travelling on a scheduled British Airways flight, of course. If 1992 was the Queen’s annus horribilis, 2011 was its exact opposite: an annus mirabilis, a wonderful year of modern celebration, when the Royal Family changed forever.
In this one-off special, broadcast ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, Alan Titchmarsh will revisit interviews he has conducted over the past 12 months – with the royals themselves, and those who know the royals best – to get their reflections on these momentous occasions. We’ll also conduct updated interviews with those who played a key role behind the scenes, mixing archive with never-before-heard testimony, and hear from senior royal commentators, who can set these events firmly in context. As well as revealing fascinating details of what Christmas is like in the royal household, Alan will bring the viewer firmly up to date with what it all means for the future of the monarchy.
Far more than a standard recounting of the events of the past year, the programme will contain revelations that will add value to our understanding of the last 12 months. With most commentators in agreement that 2011 has reinforced the bonds between Queen and country – forging a brand new, very modern monarchy in the process – the programme will mark a year that has changed the monarchy forever.
Kicking off with a retrospective of The Royal Wedding – did everything go as planned? – Alan will revisit Prince Philip’s 90th Birthday, The Queen’s visit to Ireland, The US President’s State Visit, Kate and Wills’ first official foreign tour, The Trooping the Colour – and other events from the royal calendar in what will be a warm, affectionate and revelatory film to mark this memorable year.
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