The Public Persona
The subject of millions of photographs and many hours of
television footage, the Queen has had to share the most intense
personal moments of her life, marriages and funerals,
with millions of onlookers. She has also been the main player, sometimes crowned, robed and carrying a sceptre, in the drama, ritual and symbolism of a range of ceremonial state occasions, most notably her own coronation, but also the opening
of Parliament, trooping the colour and investitures.
Queen Elizabeth's life is lived in the public view and this is nowhere more apparent than in the relentless annual round of state banquets, charity galas, command performances and garden parties.
Yet, despite the formality of these carefully orchestrated
occasions, the Queen succeeds in making personal contact
with everyone she meets, from the heads of state that attend the royal banquets and the prime ministers she has met weekly throughout her reign to the ordinarypeople who greet her on walkabouts, line up to meet her at charity galas, or enjoy
her hospitality at Buckingham Palace.
Our review of the Queen's public life includes:
The State Opening of Parliament
Trooping the Colour
Openings and Launchings