The Queen At 80 - Royal Tours

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In 50 years, the Queen has undertaken over 250 official overseas visits to 128 different countries. The modern tours, invented by politicians in the early 1900s to cement the Empire and the Commonwealth, have become one of the main justifications for the monarchy's existence. At the same time, they have provided the main stage for some of the royals' most public dramas.
Denys Blakeway weaves through the archive and discusses the set-up, significance and impact of the Royal Tour.