If you’re not a fan of HM The Queen, you might want to check back next Monday, because for the rest of the week, I am going to be featuring all things Diamond Jubilee!Since I am distraught about not being in the UK to celebrate in Wales with Andy and the children at a street party, and I am missing the Flotilla on the Thames, as well as the 2000 beacons which are being lit up and down the UK, I was delighted to receive an offer to view and review two DVDs from BBC America, the Queen’s Palaces: Buckingham, Windsor and Holyrood House, and the Diamond Queen.
The Queen’s Palaces is narrated by Fiona Bruce of Antiques Roadshow fame. She’s excellent, bringing a lot of history along with a bit of humour and a flash of leg. The BBC seemed to have wide access to the palaces and take the viewer into areas not on the tourist routes. The Palaces has an introduction by the Prince of Wales, which itself is fascinating to see.The Diamond Queen is narrated by BBC newsman and commentator, Andrew Marr, who has the most elastic face I’ve ever seen. I was always a big fan of his insight and opinions when I lived in the UK, so it’s fun to see him on this video… even if he does look like Opie.But he’s balanced by HM The Queen in her bright colours, beautiful jewels and measured tones. Not only does Marr talk about The Queen’s life, but he also delves into what she actually does. He interviews HM’s children and grandchildren, including Princes Harry and William. He talks to Prime Ministers and heads of state who give personal insight on her impact.
The Diamond Queen will be airing on BBC America on June 3, and The Queen’s Palaces was released May 29th. But I have a copy of each to give away. Just leave a comment telling why you admire HM The Queen and I will pick a winner on Thursday, May 31, and mail the DVD’s out on June 1, so you can watch them during the Diamond Jubilee Weekend. (US readers only!)
There will be downloads, great images, fun facts and more during the rest of this Diamond Jubilee Week on Pigtown*Design. Stay tuned!