Young Elizabeth: A Princess Story

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Young Elizabeth: A Princess Story
Episode 1  |  The History Channel  |  January 13, 2020

Part one presents Elizabeth's formative years - the importance of family and history and the enormous effect her uncle's abdication had on Elizabeth's future. This experience would see the young Elizabeth develop a level of maturity far beyond her years and come to understand the importance of duty and sacrifice in the life of a modern ruler. This is a story of the young princess, who never would have been queen were it not for several twists of history. The story of the killing of her beloved grandfather George V by his doctors; of her grandmother Queen Mary, who taught her strict tradition and protocol; and of the favourite uncle, King Edward VIII, who abdicated and flirted with fascism. And above all, the story of her mother and father - King George VI's bravery in the face of disability and the future Queen Mother, who sacrificed a close, private, near-normal family life to save the monarchy.

Part one presents Elizabeth's formative years - the importance of family and history and the enormous effect her uncle's abdication had on Elizabeth's future. This experience would see the young Elizabeth develop a level of maturity far beyond her years and come to understand the importance of duty and sacrifice in the life of a modern ruler. This is a story of the young princess, who never would have been queen were it not for several twists of history. The story of the killing of her beloved grandfather George V by his doctors; of her grandmother Queen Mary, who taught her strict tradition and protocol; and of the favourite uncle, King Edward VIII, who abdicated and flirted with fascism. And above all, the story of her mother and father - King George VI's bravery in the face of disability and the future Queen Mother, who sacrificed a close, private, near-normal family life to save the monarchy.

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