Ten­sions be­hind the throne

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Pri­vate Lives of the Mon­archs TV Yes­ter­day Sched­uled for Mon­day 20 Novem­ber To be a royal is to be ex­pected to project an im­age that em­bod­ies both power and con­trol. Be­hind the fa­cade, though, things are of­ten very dif­fer­ent, as Tracy Bor­man ex­plores in a new six-part se­ries that picks up on many of the themes in her pre­vi­ous Pri­vate Lives of the Tu­dors.

First up, Bor­man looks at the life of Queen Vic­to­ria, and in par­tic­u­lar two of her clos­est re­la­tion­ships: with her hus­band, Al­bert, the Prince Con­sort, and her way­ward son, Ed­ward, who had a rep­u­ta­tion as a play­boy as a young man and whom Vic­to­ria even­tu­ally came to de­spise.

For the sec­ond episode, Bor­man con­sid­ers an­other frac­tious re­la­tion­ship, that be­tween Ge­orge III and his son, the Prince Re­gent. The two hated each other, and their re­la­tion­ship was fur­ther com­pli­cated by Ge­orge III’s re­cur­ring men­tal ill­ness. The prob­lems be­tween the two coloured the life of the fu­ture Ge­orge IV, and may go some way to ex­plain­ing his profli­gacy. Later in the se­ries, we can also look for­ward to shows about Charles II, Louis IV of France and Henry VIII.

Prince Ed­ward and his bride Princess Alexan­dra pose on their wed­ding day with Queen Vic­to­ria. The monarch had a deep dis­like of her el­dest son

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