I found this a little bizarre, but fascinating and informative. All about the royal family, with it's lynch pin, the Queen Mother (formerly "Queen Elizabeth", namesake of the QE1, wife of King George the VI, or Bertie of [[ASIN:B004R36QUE The King's Speech]], and mother of the current Queen Elizabeth, namesake of the QE2). This is ostensibly a biography of the Queen Mother, but it also details the stories of everyone close to her, i.e., the Royal Family for the last century- their proclivities, triumphs, scandals, etc. What is evident about this documentary is that some of it must've been taken from a documentary on fashion and the Royal Family, because the jewels, gowns, and especially wedding dresses of nearly every royal wedding in the last 100 years are discussed. Much is made of how the fashions reflected the times (for example, how the Queen Mother's HATS have evolved over the decades). The photos and film clips are wonderful and I found the discussion lively and very interesting.
Wonderful archival footage and interviews with people in the know. A LOT is crammed into 100 minutes. Though this will particularly tickle women's fancies, I think men who appreciate history and the historical record of the Royal's Family's participation in global affairs over the last 100 years will enjoy it too. I watched this to find out how Queen Mary was related to the present Queen, and to the QE1, the Queen Mary, and the QE2, and I learned that and a WHOLE lot more. Delves into the Queen Mother's personality in considerable depth- easy to see why she was so revered in Britain (a strong person, and quite a character). ***SPOILERS FOLLOW*** For example, she persuaded her husband the King to visit America at the start of WWII- the first Royal visit EVER to America (by ANY monarch, and in this case, by those from the country from which America won its independence, incredible. The Roosevelts served them hot dogs (!) and they and the King and Queen became friends as well as allies. This documentary includes archival footage of the Queen Mother meeting everyone from Errol Flynn to the Beatles (lots of footage of Princess/Queen Elizabeth too, from infancy on). Considerable detail on Prince Charles, who was very close to his Grandmother- his chief confidante and a kindred spirit, e.g., their shared favorite pastime was fly fishing. The film also suggests involvement by his grandmother in his choice of Diana (Diana's grandmother was her long-time lady-in-waiting), and later in his affair with Camilla, too. SCADS of information about the Royal Family from about 1900 on, beginning at the end of Queen Victoria's reign. Highly recommended!