The Windsors: A Royal Dynasty

Wed, 11/12/2008 - 10:00pm - Wed, 12/03/2008 - 10:00pm

Coronation of Elizabeth II.

Struggling and succeeding through warfare, prosperity, death, spectacle, adultery, divorce, and scandal, the Windsor dynasty has controlled the throne of England for nearly a century, becoming the public face of the world’s most famous monarchy. The Windsors: A Royal Dynasty, airing Wednesdays, November 12-December 3 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11), explores the tragedies and triumphs of this great family, chronicling the ups and downs of the kings, queens, princes, and princesses who have guided England through the 20th century.

Using rare and exclusive footage of the family, The Windsors: A Royal Dynasty spins a rich tale of intriguing and scandalous personalities. The entire history of the Windsors is detailed, beginning with King George V’s dramatic decision to change the ruling family’s name in tribute to the famous royal home of Windsor Castle. There were moments of triumph; under King George V and his son, George VI, the Windsors led England through the First and Second World Wars. Queen Elizabeth became one of the country’s longest-reigning monarchs, traveling the world to adoring crowds and celebrating the “Golden Jubilee” of her 50th year in power in 2002.

The family was touched with moments of immense scandal and unbelievable tragedy. Prince Edward famously abdicated the throne for the love of an American divorcée, Wallis Simpson. Prince Charles and Diana divorced and faced a media firestorm after reports of their various affairs, and the country was left heartbroken after Diana’s 1997 death in a car accident. Diana’s son, Prince Harry, faced heavy criticism for wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party.

Featuring a rollicking, century-spanning soundtrack, The Windsors: A Royal Dynasty is a fascinating look at the world’s last true monarchy.