The much anticipated documentary ‘Our Queen at 90’ will air tonight on ITV which will commemorate the Queen’s upcoming 90th birthday celebrations.
In the documentary, senior royals have sat down with ITV to pay tribute to The Queen and sharing memories about her long reign.
Members of the royal family who will feature in the two hour programme include Prince Charles & the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, the Countess of Wessex, and Peter Phillips.
Notably, this is the first solo television interview ever given by the Duchess of Cambridge. In clips released ahead of the special, she talks about the relationship between the Queen and Prince George and Princess Charlotte.“She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay and that just shows her love for her family,” says the Duchess, who also revealed that Prince George refers to his great-grandmother as simply Gan-Gan.
The Duchess says her most memorable engagement was the day she spent in Leicester with the Queen in 2012, during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
“She was very supportive. The fact she took the time to make sure that I was happy and looked after for that particular occasion, which probably in everything that she’s doing is a very small element, it shows just how caring she is really.”
Kate also pays tribute to how the Monarch never forces her views upon anyone: “She’s been very generous in not being forceful at all in any of her views.”
“I feel she’s been there, a gentle guidance really for me.”
The Duchess also made the revelation in the documentary that she made The Queen some chutney for her first Christmas with the royal family, and after she saw it on the table the next day at lunch, it gave her a feeling of acceptance.
Other royals offer insight into the Queen as a mother, grandmother, and monarch.
Prince William talks about the public reaction to the Queen, saying, “I’ve seen people literally faint in front of her. It’s quite a startling moment as to what to do when you faint in front of the Queen.”
Prince Charles jokes that “I said to my mother the other day, do you realise that when you reach 90 I shall have known you for 68 years, she had to laugh a little bit.”
Prince Harry hailed his grandmothers’ sense of duty as ‘quite remarkable’.He also touched upon her decades of service to the crown, saying, “When you think that all these years the Queen has been on the throne, that in itself is a huge achievement, coping with so many different challenges and complications and always being there really in that remarkable way – steadfast.”
Speaking about his grandmother becoming monarch at such a young age, Harry said: “It’s just incredible to know that someone of that age appreciated and understood exactly what was expected of them, and to basically put duty ahead of everything else so early on in her life. It’s quite remarkable.”
The Countess of Wessex will also make an appearance in the programme where she comments on Her Majesty’s sense of style.
Speaking of the Queen, the Countess said: ‘When she turns up somewhere, the crowds are 15-deep and somebody wants to be able to say that they saw a bit of the Queen’s hat when she went past.
‘She needs to be able to stand out, for people to be able to say, “I saw the Queen”.’
Aside from the Queen’s many public duties, Princess Eugenie reveals more about the Queen’s private life, and her escape to Balmoral in Scotland.
“It’s the most beautiful place on Earth. I think Granny is the most happy there, I think she really, really loves the Highlands…walks, picnics, dogs, a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs, and people coming in and out all the time. Family-wise we’re all there, so it’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa to be – for us to come and see them up there where you just have room to breathe and run.”
Our Queen at 90 airs on Easter Sunday, 27 March at 8:00 pm.