Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work
In the year of her 80th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II granted filmmakers an exclusive look inside the modern British monarchy. Viewers join Her Majesty and the rest of Britain's most famous family as they travel abroad, work at the palace and meet people from all walks of life, This series offers a glimpse behind the velvet curtain to reveal what life is really like as a member of the family firm.
Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work Previous Broadcasts
The Queen and Us (Episode #105)
KQED Plus: Wed, May 4, 2011 -- 9:00 PM
"The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by Her Majesty to invite you to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace" reads the hand-lettered invitation sent to 40,000 guests each year by the palace Garden Party Ladies. "The Queen and Us" tells the story of four party guests as they savor each moment of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. At the party, only a select few guests will be presented to the queen. Attendants calm the jittery nerves of the lucky ones with a crash course in royal protocol. Less formal occasions in every area of the country pack the queen's schedule. She removes her shoes for a ceremony at a Hindu temple and dines on Kashmiri specialties prepared especially to her milder taste. But the queen isn't the only member of the royal family who regularly crosses the country. In rural Northumberland, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall take tea and get a tour from a local organic farmer. In the barn, the couple meets two very special cows born around the time of their royal wedding. The animals were required by the Angus Society to have names beginning with the letter "C" and are called yes, Charles and Camilla.
- KQED Plus: Thu, May 5, 2011 -- 3:00 AM
Inside The Firm (Episode #106)
KQED Plus: Wed, May 11, 2011 -- 9:00 PM
To handle 4,000 state visits, balls, school dedications, nursing home visits and charity events, the queen depends on her husband, her children, cousins and now a new generation of grandchildren. In "Inside the Firm," the queen's children talk frankly about the roles they were born into and the challenges of royal life. Each has a unique royal style: Prince Edward's theater training helps him give a special flourish to the standard plaque unveiling. Prince Charles advocates for farmers and takes the train to reduce his carbon footprint. Princess Anne, who felt uneasy with her role at first, is now known as the hardest working royal, with 595 engagements in a single year. But who's counting? Tim O'Donovan is. The unofficial royal statistician has kept tabs on every royal activity since 1980. Everyone is on hand for the biggest indoor royal event of the year, when nearly a thousand diplomats from 157 nations attend a sumptuous royal ball.
- KQED Plus: Thu, May 12, 2011 -- 3:00 AM