The Diamond Queen

9:00pm Monday 6 February on BBC ONE

In the first of this three-part series which looks at the life and achievements of The Queen, Andrew Marr tells the story of the young girl who never expected to reign over us. 60 years after she acceded to the throne, he looks at what she actually does for us both at home and abroad.

Marr observes the day-to-day duties of the Royal Family and hears from The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal 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 programme 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, hearing from David Cameron, Tony Blair and Sir John Major.

Marr also follows The Queen to the Middle East and the USA to assess the global impact of The Queen on British trade and international relations. The Duke of York 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.

Even as a child, Princess Elizabeth was not an ordinary young girl. For her sixth birthday Princess Elizabeth was given a grand Wendy house by the people of Wales. It has recently been restored and Marr is given a private tour of this unique building by The Queen’s granddaughter Princess Beatrice.

Confirmed for Monday 6 February on BBC One at 9.00-10.00pm

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