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Join Queen Elizabeth for a exclusive look at the royal family and the modern monarchy

In the year of her 80th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II granted the filmmakers of "Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work" an exclusive look inside the modern British monarchy.  In this intimate series, viewers join Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of Britain's most famous family as they travel abroad, work at the palace, and meet people from all walks of life. The program follows the Queen as she visits the first permanent British settlement in the U.S. and spends time with President Bush at the White House. The cameras also roll as she visits the newly democratic republic of Estonia — where no British monarch has set foot before. Back in England, the series goes inside Buckingham Palace for exclusive interviews with members of the royal family, preparations for elaborate formal occasions, and a behind-the-scenes look at the royal kitchens, the royal wine cellar, the royal car fleet and the jobs of footmen, ladies in waiting, the Yeoman of the Guard and the crown jeweler. "Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work" offers a glimpse behind the velvet curtain to reveal what life is really like as a member of the family firm.

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For Further Reading about the Queen and the Royal Family

British Monarchy Official Site
Information about the Monarchy, its history and its role in British society. Also, find out what the Queen and royal family are doing today.

Royal Collection
Explore the royal palaces, residences and an online gallery of art collected by British Kings and Queens for over 500 years.

The Prince of Wales
The official site of the Prince of Wales and his family. Read more about the background and activities of Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Time Magazine: Elizabeth II Modern Monarch
Read Time's profiles of Queen Elizabeth published over the years including an article commemorating her 80th birthday.

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth
From the CBC archives, a news reel video clip of Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953.