In this two-hour landmark programme celebrating The Queen’s 90th birthday, ITV cameras have been granted close access to the work of Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family across the United Kingdom and overseas during the last year.
Our Queen at Ninety includes individual contributions from many key figures in her life, including Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, The Countess of Wessex and Peter Phillips.
In addition, leading national and international figures will feature, including Prime Minister David Cameron, along with famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment, as well as material from the most comprehensive international film archives.
Viewers will also see Her Majesty attending and hosting various events, including a reception for the Rugby World Cup and the Chinese State Visit, as well as seeing Her Majesty working and relaxing at home.
Speaking about Her Majesty, HRH The Prince of Wales says: “I said to my mother the other day, do you realise that when you reach 90 I shall have known you for 68 years, she had to laugh a little bit.”
He continued: “When you think that all these years the Queen has been on throne, that in itself is a huge achievement, coping with so many different challenges and complications and always being there really in that remarkable way – steadfast.”
As she reaches her 90th birthday, this film aims to offer a fresh insight into our monarch’s life and work; a remarkable story of an extraordinary life which in so many ways reflects the changing face of the nation.
Here’s what we’ve learnt about the Royal family from the documentary:
1. Prince George calls the Queen, his great-grandmother, “Gan-Gan”.
2. There’s a cushion bearing the slogan “It’s good to be Queen” at Balmoral.
3. The Duchess of Cambridge is teased by other, more experienced members of the Royal Family for spending “too long chatting” on walkabouts.
5. William Trevor’s Fools of Fortune is among the books on the shelves at Balmoral.
6. The Duke of Cambridge got the names of two countries “muddled up” at his first diplomatic reception, which was “quite embarrassing”.
7. David Cameron and the Queen discuss the countries they have and haven’t visited during their weekly meeting at Buckingham Palace. He describes “a great and exciting moment” when he came up with one she hadn’t been to.
8. Polishing the cutlery used at State dinners starts around two months before the event takes place.
9. The Queen has the word “plonk” in her vocabulary.
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