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In 2012 all eyes are on Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's second longest-reigning monarch, as England marks Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. Veteran newsman Sir Trevor McDonald looks at the traditions and institutions surrounding the monarchy, from Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace through the queen's royal visits...to some of the greatest royal palaces.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLondon, Royal City||London is, indisputably, the capital of Britain’s royal life. Here, the young Princess Elizabeth grew up before World War II. Here, she and her sister, Margaret, mingled, incognito, with the joyous crowds on VE Day. It is still the center of a working monarchy. Join Trevor McDonald as he reports on the tradition of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visits Horseguards to meet the man who is in charge of the troops who guard the queen.||50:37||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRoyal Visit||The Queen’s year is driven by her diary — and has been since her accession in 1952. See her in Scotland at the Braemar Gathering (which she has attended 70 times) and follow her on a visit to Liverpool – the sort of regional trip that happens every week but attracts little publicity. View unique 3D footage of the young queen, shot in 1953 and held by the British Film Institute.||49:50||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Queen's Possessions||The Queen has some surprising possessions. Among them are Westminster Abbey and the Chapels Royal. These are “peculiars of the crown” — as are the Channel Islands, where they still call Her Majesty the Duke of Normandy to remind outsiders that they were with William the Conqueror on the winning side at the Battle of Hastings. The queen also owns the Tower of London — part of a collection of Historic Royal Palaces. Not forgetting the Royal Collection — to which she has added nearly 150 portraits over the past six decades — follow the process used to create one of the most unusual.||50:29||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTraveler||The queen is head of the 16 realms that make up the Commonwealth. In Perth, Western Australia, Queen Elizabeth is on tour before opening the Heads of Government Meeting, which is especially important for the monarchy. The Commonwealth countries are being asked to change the rules of succession so that a first-born girl may inherit the crown. If it’s approved, it will be the single biggest change to the monarchy for centuries. At the age of 85, the queen remains undaunted by long-haul travel — as this program shows.||51:05||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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This was a good and well constructed film. However, all of the archival footage was stretched to fit the wide screen. This practice, although solving a problem for filmmakers, does a tremendous disservice to the audience. How can someone release a film in which they have recklessly distorted historic footage, yet still put their name on the work with a clear conscience? This disgraceful butchering reflects very poorly on the producers of this film.