Episode 2

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Episode 2 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

Andrew Marr looks at the life and reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II, including special interviews with Princes William and Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, David Cameron, Tony Blair, Sir John Major and President Obama.

In the second of three programmes, he assesses her moves to modernise the monarchy, from the abolition of the presentation of debutantes in 1958 to the very modern wedding of William and Catherine last year. Princes William and Harry are on hand to talk about their grandmother's influence on the wedding day, from the guest list to the choice of uniforms.

Andrew also looks back at the challenges faced by the monarchy in the 'annus horribilis' of 1992, follows the Queen on her groundbreaking visit to the Republic of Ireland last May, and looks back on the happy times she spent on the Royal Yacht Britannia and the sadness she so visibly exhibited when it was decommissioned in 1997. Peter and Zara Phillips talk about family holidays on the yacht and Tony Blair speaks of the difficult decision he took to scrap it when he came to power in 1997.

Last on

Sun 5 May 2013 17:35 BBC One except Wales, Wales HD

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Credits

Presenter
Andrew Marr
Presenter
Andrew Marr
Executive Producer
Nick Vaughan-Barratt
Executive Producer
Nick Vaughan-Barratt
Series Producer
Sally Norris
Series Producer
Sally Norris
Director
Sally Norris
Director
Sally Norris

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