The Queen’s Di­a­mond Decades

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, His­tory Like sands through the hour glass, so are the decades of Her Majesty’s life. In this episode, the 1980s. Oh, look, there’s the very young Charles and Di, pre­tend­ing to be hope­lessly in love. And there’s the princess over­whelmed be­fore she found her feet, dubbed as ‘‘ shy Di’’ by the Bri­tish press. I have no re­call of Her Majesty be­ing astride her beloved mount Burmese dur­ing a Queen’s Birth­day ride past along Horse Guards Pa­rade in 1981 when shots rang out. A teenage nut­ter, ap­par­ently shoot­ing blanks. Of course the Queen re­mained calm and com­posed, even reach­ing down to give old Burmese a re­as­sur­ing pat. But how danger­ous could that have been?

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