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PEOPLE The Story of the Royals

PEOPLE The Story of the Royals

PEOPLE The Story of the Royals

From abdication to the marriage of Harry and Megan, relive how past scandals and triumphs let to a dazzling future for the Windsors in this special edition from People, The Story of the Royals.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
Frequency:
One-off
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1 min.
the story of the royals: the windsors today

“THE PATH … IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH AND MAY AT TIMES THIS YEAR HAVE FELT QUITE BUMPY, BUT SMALL STEPS CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE”—QUEEN ELIZABETH AN ANCIENT LINE, A MODERN FAMILY FROM ABDICATION TO HARRY’S MOVE TO AMERICA: THE SCANDALS AND TRIUMPHS THAT SHAPED THE WINDSORS PLUS QUEEN ELIZABETH: HOW AN UNEXPECTED MONARCH BECAME A GLOBAL ICON OF STABILITY & CALM…

2 min.
why we love this family

Yes, Americans are proud of our democratic government, the we-the-people brand of political representation we secured after giving the British overlords the boot during the Revolutionary War. In the nearly two and a half centuries since King George III and his dreaded Redcoats, or any other crowned tyrant, last wielded power over this egalitarian land, we’ve never looked back. Yet even if most of us can’t imagine bowing our heads to a stranger with a fancy title, there’s still a large part of the population that admires and enjoys the British monarchy, especially the crowns and palaces and carriages and other gilt-edged trimmings. To the average contemporary citizen, they seem both rich in history and wonderfully exotic. How else to explain the millions of followers who tuned in early in the…

2 min.
modern family

“I LOVE MY CHILDREN THE SAME WAY ANY FATHER DOES, SO WE ARE VERY NORMAL IN THAT SENSE”—PRINCE WILLIAM“I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEATRICE AS HAPPY AS SHE IS RIGHT NOW”—SARAH, DUCHESS OF YORK…

4 min.
a change of plans

IT WAS A MATTER OF THE HEART THAT changed the course of history. Queen Elizabeth II, in all likelihood, would not have become the longest-reigning monarch in the history of her nation, and the royal family might not exist as we have come to know them, had not King Edward VIII announced in a solemn radio address broadcast from Windsor Castle on the evening of Dec. 11, 1936, that he had given up the throne in order to share his life with “the woman I love.” Edward, the reluctant monarch, had met the love of his life, Wallis Simpson—an American socialite then married to a British shipping executive—at a house party given five years earlier by another of his married paramours, Thelma, Lady Furness. Glamorous and gifted with poise and worldly…

2 min.
freedom to marry

The 2018 wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle was remarkable in many ways: Not only was the bride an American, her entry into the royal family represented a dramatic evolution of the British monarchy’s attitude to divorce. When King Edward VIII fell for the twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson in the 1930s, the Church of England—which is officially helmed by the monarch—did not allow divorced people to remarry during the lifetime of a former spouse. Since both of Simpson’s former husbands were still alive, the British government and the dominions of the Commonwealth were strongly opposed to Simpson’s becoming queen. The King, however, was just as adamant about going through with the marriage; he abdicated in 1936, ending his 325-day reign, and lived in exile with Simpson for the…

5 min.
elizabeth: if her uncle had kept the crown

SHE BECAME QUEEN BY a twist of fate and went on to become Britain’s longest-serving monarch, whose reign has spanned 68 years from the postwar era to today’s digital age. Elizabeth II’s life was forever changed by a single event that dramatically altered the course of history and put her on an unexpected pathway to the throne. But what if it had played out differently? The birth of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on April 21, 1926, was not considered a milestone worthy of public fanfare when she arrived into a world at the height of the Roaring Twenties. Her parents, Albert and Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of York, were senior members of the royal family but not expected to wear the crown. They doted on their curly-haired “Lilibet,” who they…