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Queen & Country is an educational documentary series on England's Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee - 60 years as Queen - the same year the program premiered. Queen & Country is hosted by British newsman Sir Trevor McDonald.
Queen & Country is separated into four episodes running 60 minutes each. The first installment, titled London: Royal City, looks at the past and present of the British monarchy. Focus is placed on Elizabeth's early life as a princess, interactions with sister Margaret and the rest of her royal family, and the city she called home. The episode's focus shifts to the various traditions of the British monarchy and its central location in London. Sir Trevor provides the viewing audience glimpses into the Horse and Grenadier Guards and the Scots Guards, who protect Buckingham Palace. The episode also features footage of Queen Elizabeth as she opens Parliament.
The next episode, Royal Visit, concentrates on the official visits Elizabeth makes across the British countryside. Included are clips from her trips to Liverpool and the Braemar Gathering in Scotland. The installment ends with rare 3D footage from one of the Queen's visits back in 1953.
The Queen's Possessions, the third episode in Queen & Country, takes a look at some of the unusual items Elizabeth owns, including Westminster Abbey, the Royal Swans, and the Tower of London. Viewers also get a sample of the hundreds of thousands of paintings, drawings, and prints of the Royal Collection. The final episode, The Traveler, has Sir Trevor discussing the realms that the Queen is head of and the international journeys she makes to visit as many as she can. Highlights include Queen Elizabeth's visit to Australia in 2011 to open the Heads of Government Meeting.
Queen & Country aired on the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the summer of 2012.
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The series finale travels with Queen Elizabeth II to Perth, Australia, for the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, at which British prime minister David Cameron proposed changing the rules of royal succession so that a first-born girl may inherit the crown.
The Queen has some shocking possessions, including Westminster Abbey and the Chapels Royal.
The Queen's year is driven by her diary -- and has been since her accession in 1952.
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. Here, she was crowned queen at the age of 26 after the death of her father, King George. Join Sir Trevor McDonald as he introduces us to the ongoing traditions of the monarchy in London.