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Episode 5: The Queen and Us

The Queen maintains her bond with the British public

"The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by Her Majesty to invite you to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace," reads the hand-lettered invitation sent to 40,000 guests each year by the palace Garden Party Ladies. "The Queen and Us" tells the story of four party guests as they savor each moment of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. At the party, only a select few guests will be presented to the Queen.  Attendants calm the jittery nerves of the lucky ones with a crash course in royal protocol.  

Less formal occasions in every area of the country pack the Queen's schedule.  She removes her shoes for a ceremony at a Hindu Temple and dines on a feast of Kashmiri specialties prepared especially to her milder taste.  But the Queen isn't the only member of the royal family who regularly crosses the country.  In rural Northumberland, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have tea and get a tour from a local organic farmer.

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The Queen and Us:

Pearl Mitchell nervously prepares to meet the Queen during one of Her Majesty's royal garden parties.