Let it be said straight away, this double DVD's packaging is misleading. The photograph of the queen as an elderly woman and the 2007 production date on the cover, give the impression that the events of Elizabeth's reign will be chronicled at least up to 2006. The first DVD, with scenes from the reign of Victoria up to the ascension of Princess Elizabeth, is interesting and informative. The second and final DVD, however, with an eerily prophetic statement that 'Perhaps Diana will turn out to be the Queen's greatest mistake,' ends shortly after Prince William's birth.
I am not an ardent royalist and it would appear that in our 'toucy feely' age, the monarchy has had to 'adapt' in an attempt to be 'relevant' to a new generation. With signigicant events, divorce, the death of Diana etc, yet future, one is aware that in fact, the monarchy still had to face its greatest crisis and did not emerge unscathed. Yet,the documentary's agenda, (supported by gossipy, dogmatic assertions that viewers are supposed to swallow, about a number of royals and non royals,) of showing that the queen, due to her upbringing, was bewildered by life's changes and out of touch, gave it an uncomfortable bias.
While it may be true to say that people are shaped by their childhood, I found the documentary's conclusion negative and depressing; depicting the queen and her values of self sacrifice, integrity and devotion to duty as outdated.
I was left asking myself the question, 'If the monarchy (with all its faults) is moulded by rigid adherence to discipline, self control, self sacrifice and commitment to duty, while 'modern' society is defined by the values it eschews, which of the two is in greater need of change?'