Inside Buckingham Palace, a very special private reunion is about to take place.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is about to see her wedding dress for the first time since she wore it in St George’s Chapel, Windsor on 20th May. Watched around the world by an audience of two billion, the dress by Givenchy was the source of global fascination.
Exclusively before our cameras in her first television interview since becoming an official member of the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex talks about that day, and the surprise she had in store not just for the world, but for her husband-to-be and the Queen – her exquisite veil embroidered with all the flowers of the Commonwealth.
65 years earlier a young Queen Elizabeth wore a dress for her Coronation for which she personally requested the symbols of all Commonwealth countries be embroidered in to. But what is so striking is that at the start of the Queen’s reign, there were eight nations on that gown. When Meghan Markle walked up the aisle, her veil was adorned with 53. Between these two dresses is an extraordinary story.
This new two-part series offers intimate insight into Her Majesty The Queen’s role as a figure on the global stage and the baton she is passing to the younger members of the Royal family as they continue to build the Commonwealth connection.
Filmed over more than a year with privileged access to the Queen, her family, her staff and her residences, this landmark series tells the story of how the Commonwealth has been a central focus and passion throughout Her Majesty’s life.
Queen of the World features behind-the-scenes moments with Her Majesty, and other members of the Royal family including the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Princess Royal, and the Countess of Wessex.
Drawing on cine footage from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's private film archives and treasures of the Royal Collection, the series will offer a unique perspective on her role as Head of the Commonwealth.
Queen Elizabeth is sovereign to over 65 million citizens in the UK, and another 2.4 billion people across the Commonwealth – almost one third of the world’s population across 53 countries. Sustaining and building this ‘Family of Nations’ has been her personal life-long commitment. The Queen inherited her Crown, her Church and Her Forces, but the Commonwealth is the cause she has championed her whole life and the achievement she is the most proud of.
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