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Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work (2007)

Queen Elizabeth II , Thierry Henry , Matt Reid  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Queen Elizabeth II, Thierry Henry, Prince Philip, Gordon Ramsay, Cherie Blair
  • Directors: Matt Reid
  • Writers: Robert Hardman
  • Producers: Matt Reid, Andy Goodsir, Denys Blakeway, Freya Sampson, Martin Davidson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work is a ground-breaking television production filmed in HD and is a must for any follower of the Royal Family.

Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work offers a compelling and unique insight into the work of the Queen and the other members of her family through a year that includes over 4,000 official engagements, ranging from the State Opening of Parliament to a visit with schoolchildren on the outskirts of Brighton. The production also gains exceptional access to other members of the Royal Family, including Princes Charles, William and Harry, uncovering their lives away from the glare of the public eye.

Following the Royal Family’s work abroad, Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work goes behind-the-scenes of the Queen’s Royal Tour of the United States and includes an exclusive interview with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush who reveal personal anecdotes from the Queen’s visits, past and present.

The 2-DVD Set also includes an additional exclusive 30 minutes of previously unseen footage.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen At Her Best November 28, 2008
Since 1969 The Queen has allowed cameras to film her and her family's private lives for documentaries several times. I've watched all of these and found them fairly interesting, but none really gave me the sense that I was really watching the Windsors "behind the scenes". There was always the feeling that they were posing for the camera and on their best behavior, as indeed they have to be most of the time. But in Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work"I really felt for the first time that I was seeing the Royal Family as they truly are: a rather ordinary group of people required by the circumstance of their birth to be placed on a pedestal, but who don't really take themselves all that seriously. I saw this particularly with The Queen herself. Now that she's in her 80s, and after going through what must have been a pretty rotten time of it for the last twenty five years or so, she seems more relaxed and informal than I've ever seen her. She smiles at the camera, makes little asides from time to time, and generally seems to be enjoying herself. I particularly liked the scenes showing a State Visit to Buckingham Palace when an elevator had broken down, and The Queen was shown scurrying around and actually hanging over a bannister to see how her guests were going to get upstairs (eventually she laughed and told us "they're coming up in the staff lift!") I also enjoyed another scene where The Queen reminded us of how regal she can be when the photographer Annie Liebowitz had the temerity to ask her to take off her tiara because it was too dressy. The Queen snorted and said "What do you think this is?" gesturing at her Garter robes. Read more ›
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This superb five part series was a true delight for me. I have to admit to a fascination with the British Royal Family. I understand that is not necessarily a popular opinion in Britian or in America but I have always admired Queen Elizabeth for her steadfast sense of purpose and her willingness to continue placing herself in the public light when it isn't any longer necessary to do so. To watch an institution such as the royal family at work was entertaining and instructive and, at times, just plain fun. The film crew was allowed unprecedented access over a one year period to the daily life of this woman who at 81 (at the time of filming) had been on the throne for 55 years.

This BBC series is presented in five parts as follows, with each part being approximately one hour in length.

1. THE STATE VISIT - This episode shows the Queen both in front of and behind the cameras during a State Visit to the United States. Included are the State Dinner in Washington, a private luncheon in the White House, two functions at the British Embassy in Washington, a visit to Williamsburg, Virginia with a stay at the Williamsburg Inn in Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Colony, Richmond, Virginia and a side trip to the Kentucky Derby.

2. HEADQUARTERS - Here the focus is mainly on Buckingham Palace and the arrangements necessary for a State Visit from the Nigerian President and his wife. It was exceedingly interesting to watch how hands-on the Queen was in all matters even down to trying to help figure out why the lift wasn't working.

3. HEAD OF STATE - Because the Queen is head of a constitutional monarchy she is still considered Head of Parliament (although in name only), the Armed Forces and the Church of England.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A greater understanding... July 1, 2008
Let me preface this review with the fact that I have never really understood the level of fascination that some folks have for 'the royal family'. Let me then say that having watched the abridged version of this on ABC earlier in the year (Feb 08 I believe) really took me by surprise, as I found myself totally riveted to the goings on... the pomp of it all... the wondrous ceremony of everything.

The abridged version was entitled "The Royal Family" and ran some 90 minutes with Barbara Walters slipped in as narrator. This DVD version will be released in its full-length original glory as created for the BBC and while I would never have predicted it about myself, I am totally looking forward to seeing it. Original British narration should lend more credence to a program that takes the viewer inside royal life in epic proportion.

If I were king of the forest.....
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight July 1, 2008
This is illuminating five part series which was originally broadcasted on ABC as the abridged special "The Royal Family" provides great insight into the work of the Queen and the other members of her family throughout the span of one year. It shows exclusive access to other members of the royal family, including Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry.

If I'm not mistaken in November 2008 this series will be broadcasted nationally on PBS, adding to the already 14.2 million viewers who have watched it on ABC. Unlike any other dvd about the royal family, this one surely uncovers their lives away from the glare of the public eye.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting and I loved the views.
Published 18 days ago by Barbara M Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of DVDs for collect
Even though I've watched on tv a million times I still love it. Great for those who ask "what do they do"?
Published 6 months ago by Adam Corder
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner
This is a treasure of a DVD set! Very interesting and full of information. Above all, it takes the time to follow the inner workings of much of what the Royals do and has lots of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeannette Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME show about the British Monarchy
I purchased this show after seeing it for the first time several years ago on the PBS television station. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SC
5.0 out of 5 stars Asset to the Collection
Excellent program that chronicles the work of QE2 as well as her family. The film covers a wide variety of the firm's work.
Published 9 months ago by Michael McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful lesson on service
This shows how much the Royal family does give in service to their country. Also how they help to bring industry to England
Published 14 months ago by Michael Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL PROGRAM
A unique family, doing a job that none of us would want to do because it never stops! Image, always on parade, always judged, having to be your best all the time. Exhausting. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great glimpse at the royals.
I really enjoyed this series. I had no idea their lives were so complicated. The Queen has a wicked sense of humor.
Published 18 months ago by goat657
5.0 out of 5 stars The people assisting Elizabeth II in her official duties
This 2-disc set shows the official duties of Elizabeth II after 50 years on the throne.

The first DVD focuses on the 3rd state visit of Elizabeth II to the U.S. Read more
Published on August 19, 2012 by V. R. Hutter
5.0 out of 5 stars Monarchy: Royal Family at Work
Great video of PBS Special. Extra Feature not on PBS. Very quick delivery of item. I viewed a few segments on cable, but wanted the entire documentary to watch in order. Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Joe
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