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Monarchy – Coronation Britain – The Making of a Queen

The second part of the four part series titled Monarchy is focused on Queen Elizabeth’s coronation that took place in 1952.

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It is astonishing to think that Queen Elizabeth came to the throne at the young age of 25, when she was a mother of 2 young children. Prince Charles was just 3 years old and Princess Anne was just 1 and 1/2. Her father died of cancer so suddenly, so wasn’t even home when he passed away. Her father had become King was she was 10 years old and she ascended to the throne much sooner than she expected.

This documentary goes over the first days of her reign as the Queen. She was faced with tough economic times in the beginning and lost her grandmother Queen Mary a few weeks before her coronation.

In addition to Queen Elizabeth having to deal with the monumental changes, her husband Prince Philip had to give up his naval career as well.

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There were also interviews of people who were at the coronation and the excitement on the people felt on the streets. Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was the first one televised. There are also interviews from insiders such as two of the Queen’s cousins.

Her coronation was a symbol of hope and new beginnings, in which they call it the new Elizabethan age, after the dreary, sad, years of World War II.

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Classy Emma Watson

 

Emma Watson is so pretty! She has a gorgeous face. She is definitely more than just a pretty face though. She attended Brown University and is a great actress. We have all seen her in the Harry Potter series and she gave Hermione a face to the millions of readers and fans of Harry Potter.

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Monarchy – The King Who Saved the Crown

The British royal family is one of the longest, still ruling monarchies in the world. They are an incredibly famous family and have a long standing history. I decided to watch a four part series simply titled, Monarchy. This is part one.

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I am amazed that there is so much footage of Queen Elizabeth’s parents generation. There is a lot of footage of her as a child with her family. It’s really sweet to see her as a child and think of how much history she has witnessed in her many years of life.

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Her father, Prince Albert, who as a King was known as King George VI, had his coronation filmed for the first time and it was screened in theaters around the country.

The events leading up to WWII are documented. The British people grew to love King George and his wife Queen Elizabeth I. They boosted morale and stood by their country. They refused to leave the palace even after a bombing. The Queen started a sewing group in the palace to set an example. The family also rode bicycles to save fuel and gave up some land on their estate to farm.

At 18 Princess Elizabeth joined the services and did her part. She volunteered as an ambulance driver and learned to maintain vehicles and was a competent mechanic.

King George’s brother, Prince Edward, the one who gave up the throne for love, moved to France and never again lived in the UK. This doc also went over his role during the war and his controversial visit to Germany.

After the war Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Greece got married in a grand ceremony. She was just 21 years old. It also went through her early days of marriage and motherhood. She gave birth to the next heir, Prince Charles. Prince Philip continued working as a naval officer where he was stationed in Malta.

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Sadly, Elizabeth’s father, King George VI had a short reign, dying after the end of the war, thus thrusting then Princess Elizabeth into the position of Queen.

Next Wednesday, I’ll review part two of the doc called Coronation Britain – Making of a Queen.

Monarchy – The King Who Saved the Crown

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Oscars Best Dressed 2014

I love the Oscars and I always love seeing what everyone is wearing. The stars definitely bring their A game and it’s fun to see the big gowns and dresses. My vote for best dressed is a tie between Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts. Who is your vote?

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