Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s leaders – Britain’s longest reigning monarch | DW Documentary

Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s leaders – Britain’s longest reigning monarch | DW Documentary

In memoriam Queen Elizabeth II

[This documentary was originally released in April 2022]

On February 6, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 70th anniversary on the throne. No other head of state has been in power for so long. This film analyzes the fascinating relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her prime ministers.

Winston Churchill was in love with his young queen. The relationship with Margaret Thatcher was difficult. Then there’s Brexiteer Boris Johnson – this film illuminates the very different relationships Queen Elizabeth has had with the many prime ministers who have served during her long reign.

Filmmakers Katharina Wolff and Larissa Klinker examine Queen Elizabeth II’s role as the symbol of a centuries-old power structure in the United Kingdom. Although the British monarch has no direct political power, the prime minister travels from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace every week for a private audience.

In this film, personal secretaries, political experts and Buckingham Palace insiders reveal what is discussed at these private meetings and how much impact personalities have on the relationship between royalty and the government.

Using archival footage and personal accounts, the film shows how the queen accompanied her prime ministers through their time in office. On September 6, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Liz Truss as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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41 Responses

  1. DW Documentary says:

    Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle. More information can be found on our website: https://www.dw.com/en/queen-elizabeth-ii-has-died-at-her-balmoral-residence-updates/a-63056024

  2. PMS boys-III says:

    I’m French , not a royalist in any ways but I can definitely recognize how important she was as a figure to the United Kingdom and all the Commonwealth of nations and how her death is seen as a tragic news for our dear neighbors I know our respective countries have always shared a complicated history but I wanted to express all my sincere condolences to our British allies in honor of a woman whose existence will for sure be graved in the history books . Take care in those difficult times British friends

  3. R4v3nou5 says:

    She had an incredible life, and led the charge for the modern evolution of the country. She will be sorely missed.
    It’ll be a very long time before we have another queen on the throne

    • SAMRODIAN says:

      @Thomas Jones yes my thought exactly, RIP Your Gracious Majesty. Elizabeth the GREAT as I think we should now call her.

    • Thomas Jones says:

      William The 5Th Is Born 2 Be King And Katherine Is Born 2 Be Queen,…. Rest Easy My Queen Of The People The Elizabeth The Second We Will Never See Her Likes Again In This World She Was A Great Queen,…. Rest Easy My Queen Of 70 Years Elizabeth The Second 🇬🇧

  4. Angus Macmillan says:

    An amazing person committed to serve her country up to two days before she died. It should be a lesson to all of us that it’s what we do over our entire life that matters, not what we try to avoid. God bless her!

  5. jack t says:

    I was born the year after her coronation, and the person I have always heard about in the news was Queen Elizabeth. It will be a huge loss to the world now that she has gone. She was total class and always held her self to the highest of standards. I will miss her.

    • Patrik pass says:

      The Epstein family is propably heartbroken as the prince used to hang out with them.

    • mmhmm says:

      @Vic Komen who is “we”

    • Vic Komen says:

      we shall not.

    • OperaJH says:

      I was born in Singapore and was not quite 4 when Elizabeth was crowned. My father filmed all the celebrations – from lights on the British Navy ships anchored offshore, to the Highland Regiment doing their marches, to the Gurkha Regiment. A lot more. Those reels were re-visited by our family often during the first 10 years of my life. I’m so grateful for having been able to see them as well as being taken to see the parades live.

    • HARLZ AOTEAROA says:

      Huge loss for britain. Not sure about the world

  6. Astrid Aichholzer says:

    Eine Ära geht zu Ende, mit einer großartigen Frau, die eine ehrwürdige Königin war. Mein tiefstes Mitgefühl der Familie.

  7. Edward Fernandez says:

    Queen Elizabeth performed her duties with human morality and principles in her mind. She was well connected to her country and people. We will remember her as a very hard working individual. She was a public figure that will be greatly missed. May the Lord give comfort to those that loved her, she will be missed!

  8. Sal says:

    She managed to see 15 prime ministers. Literally meeting the final one days before she died. RIP Queen.

  9. warriorbard says:

    I almost dropped my phone when the news came on my feed. She’s been queen for so long, I was basically under the impression that she was immortal. She was truly an exceptional human being and will be sorely missed. Deepest condolences to the Royal Family and may the Queen rest in peace. It’s the end of an era and we’ll probably never see another monarch like her again.

    • Tim_of_Kent says:

      @gillm9 Cheers for the sentiments! 🇺🇸🇬🇧

    • gillm9 says:

      I’m an American and I had just got out of a virtual meeting when I checked my phone and saw the news. I honestly shed a few tears – it felt like a friend’s beloved grandmother passed. I’ve never been to Britain (barely have left the US) but I am a student of history and she (of course) is such a well known figure. She embodied the institution she represented perfectly and all of my love and respect to her and her people – wherever they are. 🇬🇧 ♥️🇺🇸

    • stayCATion says:

      @No One i have no obligation to stated my opinion properly and I am impressed that you take an effort to reply to my comments that you consider childish. If my comments are childish to you why bother to take time and reply? Grown up man just walk away because he knows that it just gonna waste his time

    • Tim_of_Kent says:

      @Jeremy James The effects across the world will be huge, politically, culturally, financially and otherwise. How ignorant could you possibly be?

    • No One says:

      @stayCATion  an opinion should be stated properly to be understood, not put out in a childish manner. i was judging the way you speak, the sarcasm, not yourself entirely since it is true that they are colonizers but instead of correcting me and explaining your disdain for the brf so we can communicate clearly, you then replied childishly then ranted about how i judged you. im not gonna continue this because its our right to have different opinions so have a nice day!

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