Smithsonian: Saturday, 10 September from 4pm
Revisit the history of the British monarchy with:
PRIVATE LIVES OF THE WINDSORS – Nearly 70 years ago, a new monarch ascended the British throne, Queen Elizabeth II. To succeed, she would need the full power and glamour of the Royal Family, but three key figures in her life would complicate that task: her rebellious sister, Princess Margaret; her husband Philip’s power-hungry uncle, Lord Mountbatten; and the royal matriarch: the Queen Mother. Using letters and diaries written by the Windsors, we delve into the stresses and strains of their relationships as the Royal Family faces new challenges in the modern age.
HENRY VIII & THE KING’S MEN – To many, the legacy of King Henry VIII begins and ends with his six wives. But remarkable though his marital history is, it is not what defines him. Just as influential were the men who surrounded him before and during his 37-year reign as King of England. Join host Dr. Tracy Borman as she reveals the story of Britain’s most famous monarch and how his male advisors, ministers, family, and friends moulded his views, shaped his destiny, suffered his ruthlessness, and, in the end, exploited his vulnerability.