Monday August 6, 2012 AT 10:00 PM ET on CBC News Network
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Her face has been on our stamps and money for nearly 60 years and over 20 million people worldwide tune in to her Christmas Day Speech every year. Queen Elizabeth II is surely one of the most iconic women in the world.
With her unmistakable hairstyle, resplendent in ceremonial garb or in her signature tweed and accompanied by her corgis, the Queen has a unique personal image. And more than that, she has lived through the most dramatic events of the 20th and 21st century and she has been at the very heart of them: the Second World War, the end of the British Empire, the death of Princess Diana.
Now, in the lead up to much anticipated Diamond Jubilee in 2012, THE CHANGING FACE OF THE QUEEN examines the royal image and royal wardrobe as a fresh way to tell the story of the life and times of both the Queen and her subjects.
Kate and Will's wedding put both the British monarchy and British style centre-stage. Now, this film is going to do it again; to tell the story of an international icon.
The reign of Elizabeth II has been the most rapidly changing period in history. It has seen the arrival of the internet and jet travel and the dawn of the celebrity age. When Princess Elizabeth came to the throne in 1952, Britain still had rationing.
Today, Buckingham Palace has a Facebook page.
THE CHANGING FACE OF THE QUEEN will tell all the most important stories of the Queen's life as never before: through her clothes, shoes, jewellery, paintings and photographs. Using stunning archive and interviews with those close to her and those who dress her, we will also find the answers to questions such as: What's in the Queen's handbag? What happens to the clothes when she doesn't wear then anymore? Does she ever wear trousers? How does she get her hair like that? And how much does the Queen's wardrobe cost?