Queen Elizabeth II has died. Her 70-year reign was the longest of any British monarch—and spanned a period in which the world has radically changed. This is the story of her remarkable reign in numbers.
- 00:00 – Queen Elizabeth II: her reign in numbers
- 01:20 – How Britain transformed
- 03:00 – How many hours has the Queen worked?
- 04:14 – The Queen and the Commonwealth
- 04:45 – Number of countries the Queen has visited
- 05:58 – The Queen, Popes and US presidents
- 06:33 – Films the Queen was portrayed in
- 07:00 – The longest-reigning monarchs
The Queen is dead. The second Elizabethan era is over. In the hours and days ahead, the royal family will do what it does best: Cover uncertainty and emotion with ritual and pageantry. Flags will fly at half-mast, ceremonies will be held, bells will ring. But for now, there is still unease.
It’s hard to imagine Britain without Queen Elizabeth II, partly because almost everyone knows the country only with her. She died at the age of 96 after coming to the throne at the age of 25.
The end of her reign will be met with superlatives. Elizabeth II was Britain’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch. She was depicted on more currency than any other living figure. She was perhaps the most reproduced image in history.
Britain’s longest reigning monarc
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. And then there’s Brexiteer Boris Johnson – this film looks at the very different relationships Queen Elizabeth had with the many prime ministers who held office during her long reign.
Filmmakers Katharina Wolff and Larissa Klinker examine Queen Elizabeth II’s role as a 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 the influence personalities have on royal-government relations.
Using archival footage and personal accounts, the film shows how the queen accompanied her prime ministers during their time in office. On September 6, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Liz Truss as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.