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A Royal Tour of the 20th Century

Season 1
The British monarchy has been at the center of the 20th century’s most iconic moments: two world wars, the end of empires, coronations, weddings, and scandals. This docuseries follows the official tours and state visits of the British royal family, revealing stories of far-flung places, glimpses into royal life, and the fascinating history of the destinations the royals visited.
Lisa Kay
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  1. 1. The 1940s and ’50s
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    October 27, 2019
    Princess Elizabeth is in Kenya when she learns of her father's passing. Despite the loss, many loyal supporters of the British monarchy view her arrival through the lens of the optimistic post-WWII era. However, in many places across the globe, scars run deep from the battering of two world wars and a complete redrawing of the map of many countries.
  2. 2. The 1960s
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    November 3, 2019
    The 1960s bring political upheaval around the globe and changes to the Windsors’ relationship to the Commonwealth. Former colonies move towards independence, with violence often following. The British and other former colonial powers struggle to come to terms with a new world order and diminished power.
  3. 3. The 1970s and ’80s
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    November 10, 2019
    During the Cold War, Elizabeth makes her first visit to a communist country, Yugoslavia in 1972. She also takes her Silver Jubilee tour to Australia, where after the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, there is increasing pressure from some quarters for a republic. But perhaps more perilously, this era sees a shift to a far more aggressive media presence in the royals’ lives: the paparazzi.
  4. 4. 1990 to 2000 and Beyond
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    November 17, 2019
    Moving through the final decade of the 20th century and into the new millennium, this episode looks at the next generation of royals. After a remarkable century full of both great loss and celebration, the legacy of the Windsors continues to stand the test of time, strengthened by touring and the connection to the people.

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