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Prince Philip - The Plot to Make a King 

Documentary telling the inside story of the plans by Louis Mountbatten to manoeuvre his nephew and heir to the Greek throne, Philip, into marrying the future queen Princess Elizabeth and the tensions that that unleashed.

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Richard Sanders
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Episode credited cast:
Tamsin Greig ... Narrator
King George VI ... Himself (archive footage)
Louis Mountbatten ... Himself (archive footage)
Prince Philip ... Himself
Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Herself (archive footage)
Queen Mary ... Herself (archive footage)
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Documentary telling the inside story of the plans by Louis Mountbatten to manoeuvre his nephew and heir to the Greek throne, Philip, into marrying the future queen Princess Elizabeth and the tensions that that unleashed.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2015 (UK) See more »

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Blakeway Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Excellent, frank without being sensationalist
6 November 2016 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

Much of this was new to me, perhaps an indication that the topic (the story of the transition to husband of Queen Elizabeth 11 of once Greek Prince, Philip) hadn't had much coverage - on television at least. It so closely parallels the events of a century earlier, the marriage of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha. In each case the marriage was both promoted and deprecated by an older generation - before and after the event, often for the same reasons albeit a century apart. It is made clear the central role of the late Lord Louis Mountbatten long before the event and long afterwards. There were too, exactly the same issues regarding the role of Consort including that the conventional position of a husband as head of the family was subordinate to the duties of a Consort to a Monarch. Albert's situation was in some ways more difficult - he was unknown and German without a British patron but this was pre WW1 before the issue became a much sharper one with the British public.


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