A Royal Must See on WLRN-TV ... Queen Victoria's Empire

Aug 27, 2014

Queen Victoria's Empire (8:00 pm)

The Moral Crusade / The Scramble for Africa

Queen Victoria

At the time of Queen Victoria's birth in 1819, England was an agrarian society. Within a few short decades, this small island nation would be transformed into an industrial superpower, with an empire spanning the globe. QUEEN VICTORIA'S EMPIRE is both the story of this remarkable time, and an engaging portrait of a queen who ruled over a fifth of the world's population.

By 1861 Britain is the world's most powerful nation but the death of Prince Albert weakens Victoria and many of his political ideas fade from importance. Then, the Suez Canal is threatened by a holy war in the Sudan, and General Charles Gordon becomes an "imperial martyr," after he's killed by the rebels.

Queen & Country - Royal Visit (10:00 pm)

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The Queen’s year is driven by her diary – and has been since her accession in 1952.  See her in Scotland at the Braemar Gathering (which she has attended 70 times) and follow her on a visit to Liverpool – the sort of regional trip that happens every week but attracts little publicity.  View unique 3D footage of the young queen, shot in 1953 and held by the British Film Institute.