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The British monarchy on screen$
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Mandy Merck

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099564

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099564.001.0001

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Television’s royal family: continuity and change

Television’s royal family: continuity and change

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(p.291) 13 Television’s royal family: continuity and change
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The British monarchy on screen
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Erin Bell

Ann Gray

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099564.003.0014

Focuses on the ways in which two British broadcasters, the BBC and Channel 4, handled coverage of the monarchy during a particularly sensitive period for the Windsor family of ageing and generational change. These events culminated in the commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s sixtieth year on the throne, the speculation surrounding Prince Charles as the oldest heir apparent in British history, the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton and the birth of their son, George, now third in line to the throne. What various examples of this television coverage reveal are the delicate negotiations necessary on the part of the broadcasters in dealing with the continuity of the monarchy, traditional symbol of the stability of the nation and the inevitability of change.

Keywords:   Queen Elizabeth, British broadcasters, BBC, Channel 4, Prince Charles

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