Here is the Channel 5 documentary entitled, Beatrix: The Queen Who Gave Up the Crown.
The documentary examines the life and reign of Beatrix, who reigned as queen from 1980 until her abdication in 2013, looking at the key to her popularity as a monarch. The documentary also examines controversial moments, from public opposition over her choice of husband to the riots on the day she ascended to the Dutch throne.
Since it’s an incredibly slow news day perhaps now is the time to post this fantastic documentary entitled, The Royal Family’s Treasures: Magic and Mystery of the Crown Jewels.
Released in 1990, the Magic and Mystery of the Crown Jewels analyzes:
“… the priceless collection of the British Crown Jewels is beyond compare and associated with countless legends and intriguing stories. Not only have the jewels survived wars, revolution, and theft they continue to draw thousands of visitors to London each year.”
While many royal watchers are waiting for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to arrive in beautiful Belize to kick start their Caribbean tour, I thought now would be a brilliant time to post a royal documentary.
Anyway, here is the royal documentary entitled, Princess Alexandra: The Queen’s Best Friend.
In 1971, the Shah of Iran, the self-proclaimed ‘king of kings’, celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing the greatest party in history. Money was no object – a lavish tent city, using 37km of silk, was erected in a specially created oasis. The world’s top restaurant at the time, Maxim’s, closed its doors for two weeks to cater the event, a five-course banquet served to over sixty of the world’s kings, queens and presidents, and washed down with some of the rarest wines known to man.
Over a decadent five-day period, guests were treated to a pageant of thousands of soldiers dressed in ancient Persian costume, a ‘son et lumiere’ at the foot of Darius the Great’s temple, and the opening of the Azadi Tower in Tehran, designed to honor the Shah himself.
Every party leaves a few hangovers. This one left a country reeling, never to recover. It crystallized the opposition, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. More than any other event, this party marked the break between the king of kings and the people of Iran he reigned over.