A doc­u­men­tary on The Queen takes a re­veal­ing look at her fam­ily and love of travel.

The Queen has clocked up an in­cred­i­ble num­ber of kilo­me­tres as Head of the Com­mon­wealth. James Ramp­ton re­ports on a new TV se­ries that doc­u­ments her trav­els and fea­tures some of the younger mem­bers of the royal fam­ily.

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The Queen does not own a pass­port. As the British travel doc­u­ment is is­sued in her name, the monarch does not re­quire one.

But that has never pre­vented her from trav­el­ling. In fact, quite the op­po­site. Queen El­iz­a­beth II can lay a con­vinc­ing claim to be­ing the best trav­elled per­son in his­tory.

Over her 92 years, she has flown the equiv­a­lent of 42 times around the globe − 1,661,668km, to be pre­cise – and vis­ited 117 coun­tries.

The British monarch has now stopped trav­el­ling abroad. But some of her most fa­mous over­seas trips are re­called in Queen Of The World, a new two-part doc­u­men­tary on TVNZ 1.

This British se­ries un­der­scores her role as a ma­jor player on the world stage. It also shows how she is pass­ing on her ex­per­tise to younger gen­er­a­tions of the royal fam­ily as they keep de­vel­op­ing con­nec­tions with the Com­mon­wealth.

Shot over more than a year by the mak­ers of Our Queen At 90 and Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy, the se­ries en­joys priv­i­leged ac­cess to The Queen, her fam­ily, her staff and her res­i­dences.

It demon­strates what a life­long pas­sion the Com­mon­wealth has been for the monarch.

Queen Of The World in­cludes be­hind-the-scenes mo­ments with the sov­er­eign and other mem­bers of the royal fam­ily, in­clud­ing the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cam­bridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, the Princess Royal, and the Count­ess of Wes­sex. It re­vis­its Meghan Markel’s wed­ding dress and looks at Prince Harry as he pre­pares for his tour of New Zea­land and Aus­tralia.

Us­ing footage from The Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s pri­vate

film archives and trea­sures of the Royal Col­lec­tion, the se­ries also show­cases the Queen’s early years as Head of the Com­mon­wealth.

The Queen’s de­vo­tion to the Com­mon­wealth was clear from the out­set.

In Cape Town on her 21st birth­day in 1947, the then Princess El­iz­a­beth said that she would ded­i­cate her whole life “whether it be long or short” to the ser­vice of the Com­mon­wealth.

Five years later, soon af­ter her coro­na­tion at West­min­ster Abbey, El­iz­a­beth backed that up by em­bark­ing on a six-month tour with the Duke of Ed­in­burgh that fea­tured 12 Com­mon­wealth coun­tries.

That year, her Christ­mas broad­cast was taped in Auck­land. Her Majesty an­nounced to the world that, “I set out on this jour­ney in or­der to see as much as pos­si­ble of the peo­ple and coun­tries of the Com­mon­wealth and Em­pire. I want to show that the Crown is not merely an ab­stract sym­bol of our unity, but a per­sonal and liv­ing bond be­tween you and me.”

The monarch has been to most Com­mon­wealth coun­tries but has not vis­ited Cameroon and Rwanda – both of which be­came mem­bers in more re­cent years (1995 and 2009).

Jo Clin­ton-Davis, the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, ex­plains the sig­nif­i­cance of Queen Of The World.

“The Queen is a unique fig­ure on the world stage, with a huge depth of ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing met more global lead­ers than any pre­vi­ous British monarch and serv­ing longer than all of them. “This film is a rare op­por­tu­nity to see Her Majesty up close and be­hind the scenes in this role, which means so much to her and has been so sig­nif­i­cant for Bri­tain and the Com­mon­wealth.” Ni­co­las Kent, co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of Queen Of The World, says, “The Queen is the most well-trav­elled monarch in his­tory and it’s been fas­ci­nat­ing to see how she has passed on her ex­pe­ri­ence to the younger gen­er­a­tions of the royal fam­ily.” Charles An­son, who went with the Queen on her tours abroad as her Press Sec­re­tary dur­ing the 1990s, re­flects on why her trav­els have meant so much to her. “I al­ways felt the Queen en­joys travel be­cause she is gen­uinely cu­ri­ous about peo­ple, their dif­fer­ent cul­tures, tra­di­tions and quirks.” But her tours were never solely about meet­ing world lead­ers. They were also about en­coun­ter­ing peo­ple from all walks of life. She al­ways re­alised the im­por­tance of mak­ing a di­rect con­nec­tion with peo­ple. As the Queen her­self once put it: “I have to be seen to be be­lieved.”

From top left: Meghan, Duchess Of Sus­sex; Prince Harry, Duke Of Sus­sex; Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall and Charles, Prince Of Wales.

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