Airdate: The Diamond Queen

ABC1 screens a three-part series which looks at the life and achievements of Queen Elizabeth.

British journalist Andrew Marr tells the story of the young girl who never expected to reign. Sixty years after she acceded to the throne, he looks at what she actually does both at home and abroad.

Andrew Marr observes the day-to-day duties of the Royal Family and hears from the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William), Prince Harry, the Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward), the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) and Princess Eugenie about the remarkable skills The Queen has acquired in 60 years of walkabouts, state visits and receptions. The Queen has a private motto – “I have to be seen to be believed” – this program bears witness to the extraordinary energy that she puts into every engagement, however small, however grand.

The film looks closely at the influence of The Queen’s grandfather, father and mother, the impact of the abdication, and the unique relationship between the Head of State and her Government. The Queen has seen 12 Prime Ministers in her reign, and Marr looks at the special relationships she has had with them, and hears from David Cameron, Tony Blair and Sir John Major.

Marr also follows The Queen to the Middle East and the USA to assess her global impact on British trade and international relations. The Duke of York (Prince Andrew) gives his perspective on The Queen’s impact on overseas trade and Foreign Secretary William Hague and David Cameron gauge her effect on British standing abroad.

7:30pm Sunday May 13 ABC1


  1. Morning David,
    Your blog is great – love it and check it daily.

    I think a small typo / error may’ve crept into the third para of ‘Airdate: The Diamond Queen’ – it says “David Marr observes the day-to-day duties…” when I think you must mean British journalist / presenter Andrew Marr? [i.e. first para of italicised text]
    Hope that’s helpful. Cheers.

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