The Diamond Queen ABC1 Sunday 13 May 7.30pm
Written by ACM   
Friday, 11 May 2012

In the first of this three-part series which looks at the life and achievements of The Queen, Andrew Marr tells the story of the young girl who never expected to reign over us. Sixty years after she acceded to the throne, he looks at what she actually does for us both at home and abroad. ( Details below)

Congratulations to the ABC for showing this. But will the ABC, as the national broadcaster,  be giving us a live transmission of the great events in London in June, including the procession on the river? 


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Marr observes the day-to-day duties of the Royal Family and hears from the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William), Prince Harry, the Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward), the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) and Princess Eugenie about the remarkable skills The Queen has acquired in 60 years of walkabouts, state visits and receptions. The Queen has a private motto - "I have to be seen to be believed" - this program bears witness to the extraordinary energy that she puts into every engagement, however small, however grand.

The film looks closely at the influence of The Queen's grandfather, father and mother, the impact of the abdication, and the unique relationship between the Head of State and her Government. The Queen has seen 12 Prime Ministers in her reign, and Marr looks at the special relationships she has had with them, and hears from David Cameron, Tony Blair and Sir John Major.

Marr also follows The Queen to the Middle East and the USA to assess her global impact on British trade and international relations. The Duke of York (Prince Andrew) gives his perspective on The Queen's impact on overseas trade and Foreign Secretary William Hague and David Cameron gauge her effect on British standing abroad.

The programme will premiere on ABC1 on Sunday 13 May 2010 at 7.30pm, and will be repeated on Monday 14 May at 12.30pm