The Royal Diplomat

The Documentary | 27 May 2022 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
The Queen has died at 96 (BBC obituary). After 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II was the world’s most high-profile global figure and a unique exemplar of diplomacy and soft power. Much of her role took place behind the scenes. She came to the throne in 1952 during a crisis and as the British Empire disintegrated in the aftermath of World War Two. The Queen’s role as constitutional monarch and head of the Commonwealth placed her at the heart of global crises. Recalls how she visited Ghana, Zambia and South Africa as a diplomatic envoy, helping to mediate in the racial politics of post-colonial Africa. From her first state visit to the US in 1957 to repair the transatlantic relationship after the Suez crisis, to her historic 2011 visit to Ireland, discusses how reconciliation was a major theme of the Queen’s reign.

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Medieval Warrior Queen

History Extra | 21 February 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Hanley, author of Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior. Tells the story of Empress Matilda, the daughter of Henry I, whose battle with Stephen for the English throne in the 12th century became known as ‘the anarchy’. Suggests Matilda wielded power more effectively than acknowledged by period chroniclers unable to accept a woman as ruler.

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