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Thursday, May 30, 2013


(King George and Queen Mary. Image Credit: ©BBC)

Forming part of The Royal Season: By Royal Invitation, King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy premieres on the BBC Knowledge (channel 184 on DStv) on June 2 at 15h25 and 16h20.

George V could not have been a more unlikely moderniser. Born and raised in the Victorian age, he was a conservative bully. His wife, Queen Mary, revered the monarchy and obeyed her husband in everything – even on the length of her dresses – and always put service and duty first.

Yet in the face of the unstoppable social changes after World War I, King George actually turned out to be a remarkable innovator. He created the House of Windsor, embraced democratic reform, and reinvented many of the royal traditions we know today.

Furthermore, when the abdication crisis threatened the House of Windsor, Queen Mary was the rock to which the nation turned as a symbol of stability and continuity.

This two-part documentary examines the impact of the remarkable couple and shows how their influence still persists today.