Windsor Castle - A Royal Year

Windsor Castle - A Royal Year

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The documentary Windsor Castle: A Royal Year offers viewers a look inside the place Queen Elizabeth II calls home. In addition to meeting many of the hundreds of staff members that tend to the day-to-day operations of the castle, the viewer is shown how much work goes into an event as grand as the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Overview

The documentary Windsor Castle: A Royal Year offers viewers a look inside the place Queen Elizabeth II calls home. In addition to meeting many of the hundreds of staff members that tend to the day-to-day operations of the castle, the viewer is shown how much work goes into an event as grand as the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
First broadcast in March and April 2005 on the BBC and originally titled The Queen's Castle, Windsor Castle: A Royal Year takes viewers behind the scenes at the British royal family's primary residence. Granted exclusive access by Queen Elizabeth, producer-director Matt Reid offers viewers a truly personal look into the way Windsor runs, from the queen’s day-to-day routine down to the responsibilities of the more than 400 servants who live and work at the castle. Remarkably compelling, A Royal Year even shows us such things as the queen personally offering hot drinks to Christmas carolers, and timekeeper Steve Davidson, whose sole responsibility is to maintain, repair, and wind the castle's 450 clocks. Originally telecast in the U.S. on PBS in March 2006, the series spans three episodes: "The Banquet," in which France's president Jacques Chirac arrives for a state dinner; "Four Seasons," which offers a glimpse into two of the year's most important events, the Order of the Garter ceremony and horse racing's Royal Ascot; and finally "The Ranger," in which Prince Philip offers a tour of the Great Park, Windsor Castle's 15,000-acre grounds. The series culminates with the marriage of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker-Bowles. This two-disc set also offers footage not seen in the original U.S. broadcasts.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
UPC:
0054961851294
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Acorn Media
Time:
4:57:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes over two hours not seen on PBS broadcast, including exclusive new footage of the wedding of Charles and Camilla

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Windsor Castle: A Royal Year, Disc One
1. Introduction [1:02]
2. Staff Members [3:37]
3. 1992 Fire [2:17]
4. Banquet Planning [10:16]
5. Transformation [9:47]
6. Final Hours [11:19]
7. The Queen's Inspection [3:56]
8. Arrivals & Delays [12:53]
1. Introduction [1:02]
2. Favorite Home [7:15]
3. Garter Day [15:53]
4. Royal Ascot [10:28]
5. Resident Garrison [5:19]
6. Clockwork [9:52]
7. Happy Christmas [4:57]
1. Introduction [1:02]
2. Daily Rounds [9:59]
3. St. George's Chapel [6:43]
4. Dueling Herds [3:06]
5. Fendersmiths [4:17]
6. Polo Match [7:50]
7. Chapel Shop [7:45]
8. Royal Collection [6:04]
9. Prince Charles and Camilla [8:48]
Disc #2 -- Windsor Castle: A Royal Year, Disc Two - Bonus Footage
1. Prince Charles & Camilla's Wedding [18:20]
2. Tour With Prince Philip [17:13]
3. Interview With Prince Philip [13:46]
4. Mowing the Lawn [1:16]
5. January Cleaning [3:22]
6. Windsor Tourism [6:18]
7. Military Knights [5:17]
8. Irish Guards [9:31]
9. The Gamekeeper [3:50]
10. The Hawk Man [3:35]
11. Royal Cat [5:03]
12. Craftsmen of C-Branch [4:31]
13. The Old Dairy [2:44]
14. Linen Keeper [3:57]
15. The Castle Nurse [3:42]
16. The Flower Room [3:57]
17. Retired Staff [2:57]
18. Cartier International Day [16:38]
19. Fireplace [2:42]
20. St. George's Chapel [2:51]

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Windsor Castle - A Royal Year 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I am as much an obsessive Anglophile as they come, I would abhor any movie infringing upon the basic dignity of Her Majesty and her family as human beings as well as royals. This movie gave me three hours of blissful watching without ever feeling like I was intruding or playing the part of a peeping tom. One is given a wealth of information (down to what type of tea is served at the famous garden parties). The people of the royal world are shown in a very human light, quite refreshing after years of tabloids. Yes, their virtues rather than flaws are the focus, but enough is out there about their flaws, I think it well we spend time remembering that they are human, just like us, and few of us are as saintly as we expect them to be.