The Queen: Season 1, Episode 3

The Rivals (1 Dec. 2009)

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The Queen does not see eye-to-eye with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and, in 1986, the Sunday Times newspaper publishes an article claiming to be the Queen's less than flattering opinion... See full summary »

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The Queen does not see eye-to-eye with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and, in 1986, the Sunday Times newspaper publishes an article claiming to be the Queen's less than flattering opinion of Thatcher whose regime she describes as uncaring and divisive. This is prompted by Thatcher's refusal to agree to sanctions on South Africa, as a result of which other Commonwealth countries are threatening to boycott the Commonwealth Games. The Queen loves the Commonwealth and the two women go head-to-head. Thatcher has her way and a much depleted games takes place - at least allowing England to win more medals than usual - but the Queen's stance has raised her standing in the Commonwealth. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[the Queen and Mrs Thatcher have just had a meeting about South African sanctions. Mrs Thatcher lectured the Queen in her usual domineering fashion]
The Queen: I did rather well at the meeting today, Bill. I managed to get a word in edgeways.
Bill Heseltine: Well done, Ma'am.
The Queen: I think Queen Victoria had a very similar problem with Gladstone.
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