Next week, HBO is giving you a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the life and work of Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
You'd know her better as Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen of the World, a landmark documentary airing October 1 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO, offers unique insights into Her Majesty the Queen’s role as a figure on the global stage, and the baton she is passing to the younger members of the Royal Family as they continue to build upon the Commonwealth, an association of free and independent nations, the majority of which were formerly part of the British Empire.
Today, there are 2.4 billion Commonwealth citizens, which is almost one-third of the world’s population.
Filmed with privileged access to the Queen, her family, her staff and her residences, Queen of the World tells the story of how the Commonwealth has been a central focus and passion of Her Majesty’s life.
The film features behind-the-scenes moments with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Princess Anne; Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; and the Countess of Wessex.
As the family and world leaders discuss the importance of the Commonwealth to Her Majesty, the film documents the ways she passes her knowledge and experience to the younger generations.
Drawing on footage from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s private film archives and treasures of the Royal Collection, Queen of the World offers a unique perspective on the Queen’s early years as Head of the Commonwealth, when Her Majesty had the symbols of the then-eight Commonwealth countries embroidered on her Coronation gown. That number had risen to 53 by the time the Meghan Markel, the Duchess of Sussex, had flowers of the Commonwealth represented on her wedding veil in 2018.
Be sure to tune in October 1 at 8 p.m. ET to catch Queen of the World, or watch it on demand on HBO NOW or HBO GO.