The Crown | The True Story Behind Ep10 and The Silver Jubilee


(dramatic violin music) – [Queen Elizabeth] What’s
your view of the Jubilee? – You must do it. – Must I do that alone? – There is only one queen. – Want to know more
about the Silver Jubilee that revived the queen’s popularity and swept the gloom away from Britain? Then keep watching for
the fascinating true story behind the controversial event. I’m Laura Jackson and this
is “Beneath the Crown.” 1977: the year that marked 25 years since Queen Elizabeth the
Second’s accession to the throne, but much of the United
Kingdom wasn’t in the mood to get the Silver Jubilee party started. – What a mess, I mean honestly, can you remember a time when the country was in a worse shape? – Britain was struggling economically, politically, and socially. There was mass unemployment, rising crime, growing racial tensions,
strike after strike. – Right now the United
Kingdom is the equivalent of a patient dying on the operating table, and the surgeons, no, the butchers, no, sorry, the murderers
responsible for causing that death are seeking re-election. – Despite significant
opposition due to the high cost, it was decided the Silver
Jubilee celebrations would go ahead on June the 7th. The actual anniversary of the Queen’s accession was in February, a date which would also mark 25 years since her father’s untimely death. The Queen chose to push
the date back to June. Enthusiasm for Jubilee
Day was initially low, but as it drew nearer, the
public warmed to the idea as if it were an escape from the gloom. Suddenly, Silver Jubilee memorabilia started popping up everywhere. Lord Snowden was tasked with
designing several souvenirs. – The powers that be
thought it might be nice if someone from inside
the firm were to design some of the memorabilia. – Oh Tony, you are clever. – Always happy to help my family. – Other items on offer was
somewhat less conventional. You could call someone on a Jubilee phone, play someone with Jubilee cards, strike a light with Jubilee matches and even keep your trousers
up with a Jubilee belt. There was also a range of
Silver Jubilee underwear. The less said about them, the better. One thousand pounds was
given to every borough in Britain towards the celebrations. Street parties were organized
up and down the nation. Decorations sprung up everywhere. There was a mood of jubilation and togetherness that harked
back to the coronation. (upbeat jazz music) – How lovely. – Anarchic punk group the Sex Pistols launched a blistering
attack on the monarchy with their song, “God Save The Queen”. It struck a chord with many despite widely banned
from British TV and radio. There were fears it would
top the UK singles chart in Jubilee week and
cause huge embarrassment. The crisis was averted when the
song only reached number two behind unlikely royal
savior Rod Stewart’s track, “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”. Rumors persist that a
record business conspiracy may have kept it off the top spot. The queen was said to be
furious about the song, although it was reported that Prince Charles
found it rather amusing. But when Jubilee day
arrived on June the 7th, the nation turned to celebration. The opposition to the day was overshadowed by the estimated 10 million people who attended street parties. There were roughly a 125 thousand of them, with five thousand in London alone. Not even the rain kept people away. A global audience of
half a billion watched as Her Majesty took the golden state coach from Buckingham Palace
to St. Paul’s Cathedral, with Prince Charles
following on horseback. The roar of the one million strong crowd meant the coachmen couldn’t even hear the sound of the horse’s
hooves hitting the road. A carefully choreographed
walkabout through London allowed spectators to
indulge in a bit of chit-chat with the Queen and Prince Phillip, before they headed to
lunch at the Guild Hall. There, she delivered a speech in the presence of the Lord Mayor. – My Lord Mayor, when I was 21, I pledged my life to the
service of our people. I do not regret nor
retract one word of it. – That night, the Sex Pistols
took to the River Thames for a protest concert, which included playing “Anarchy In The
UK” opposite Parliament. It wasn’t long before they were arrested. Looking back at it, it’s crazy that the sight of a golden carriage, the ultimate statement
of wealth and privilege, gave so much joy to a public
largely short of money. The Silver Jubilee provided
an excuse to people to share something and come
together on a massive scale. – [Queen Elizabeth] That’s
the thing about the monarchy. We paper over the cracks. And if what we do is loud, and
grand, and confident enough, no one will notice that all
around us it’s falling apart. – That’s the point of us. – [Queen Elizabeth] Not us. You. (energetic cello music)

23 thoughts on “The Crown | The True Story Behind Ep10 and The Silver Jubilee

  1. Will there be a true story on how Elizabeth Windsor ain't British she is German and why they changed their name to Windsor?

  2. In those days people went on strike when they were unhappy, now they merrily vote for the government that's shafting them.

  3. The queen deserve to retire now to frolic with her corgis and horses. Is Charles still too immature to be king now?!? Is the queen not allowed to retired cus I thought the Japanese emperor can retire so why not the queen

  4. Did the host of the video start her narration in clipped posh English tones then when it came to referring to the Queen's home say "Book-ing-Am Palace"?

  5. I havenโ€™t been able to watch Season 3 yet, but does Olivia Coleman ever smile at all? She looks so dreadfully unhappy.

  6. The song by the Sex Pistols that the palace didn't want was beaten by "I Don't Wanna Talk About It" ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  7. Isn't that Adam Ant in the one eye shady eye makeup in the middle of this video? Even from the Punk movie The Jubilee…

  8. 4:00 I never see Queen Elizabeth looks "uncomfortable " like in her speech of the Silver jubilie
    https://youtu.be/9haU4bK5YA4

  9. I did my post graduate studied at the University of Edinburgh from 1973 to 1977. I was there for the Jubilee celebrations . I attended the Investiture of Prince Charles as a Knight of the Thistle and that night was one of the waiters at the banquet in the Armory at Edinburgh Castle. I was close to all of them and the Queen noticed me. I have a silver teaspoon hall marked with the Silver Jubilee insignia.

  10. I mean I love the Crown… But I shouldn't need to watch these videos as well to completely understand everything.. Why was none of this highlighted in that last episode.. I love marget episodes but I feel like this could have been its own thing

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