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Television As A Way Of Connecting With The People

The years after the coronation of Queen Elisabeth II the royals continued to embrace television as a way of connecting with the British people:

  • In 1957, the queen delivered her annual Christmas address during a live broadcast.
  • Four years later, in 1961, Philip became the first family member to sit for a television interview.
  • Toward the end of the decade, the Windsors even invited cameras into their home, offering the BBC the opportunity to film a behind-the-scenes documentary.

Much of this push for transparency can be traced back to Prince Philip, whose unconventional upbringing inspired him to modernize the monarchy.

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Prince Philip

'Being married to the queen, it seemed to me, my first duty was to serve her in the best way I could.''

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Prince Philip's Start In Life

Prince Philip's Start In Life

Born on the Greek island of Corfu in June 1921, Philip was the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and nephew of Constantine I of Greece, whose 1922 abdication forced the young infant and his family to flee their home country. 

Philip spent stretches of time in France, E...

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Queen Elizabeth II

“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I … owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know.”

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

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Meeting The Future Queen

Meeting The Future Queen

  • Philip and Elizabeth first met in 1934, when he was 13 and she was 8.
  • Five years later, the pair crossed paths again: As Elizabeth’s cousin recalled in her autobiography, the princess “was truly in love from the very beginning.”
  • ...

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biographer Sally Bedell Smith

"By the ’80s, he [Prince Philip] had written nine books. He was the first person in the royal family to use television. He did a television documentary. He persuaded the Queen in 1957 to televise her annual Christmas message. And he even taught her how to use a teleprompter. He was the first ...

BIOGRAPHER SALLY BEDELL SMITH

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Broadcasting The Coronation Of The Queen

Broadcasting The Coronation Of The Queen

  • A commission chaired by Prince Philip proposed broadcasting the 1953 investiture ceremony that formally named Elizabeth II as queen on live television.
  • Even if Prime Minister Winston Churchill expressed clear disapproval, the queen came around to the idea

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The Demystification Of The Royals

  • The BBC began filming its “Royal Family” documentary in June 1968. Philip oversaw the process and sought to ensure the royals were presented in a humanizing light.
  • Though the documentary has strong viewership, Buckingham Palace decided to ...

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