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Royalty TV: UK monarchy and television have complex ties

Added 03-06-21 04:03:02am EST - “Britain's royal family and television have a complicated relationship.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Royalty TV: UK monarchy and television have complex ties”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The medium has helped define the modern monarchy: The 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s first mass TV spectacle. Since then, rare interviews have given a glimpse behind palace curtains at the all-too-human family within. The fictionalized take of Netflix hit “The Crown” has molded views of the monarchy for a new generation, though in ways the powerful, image-conscious royal family can’t control.

“The story of the royal family is a constructed narrative, just like any other story,” said Phil Harrison, author of “The Age of Static: How TV Explains Modern Britain.”

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And it’s a story that has changed as Britain moved from an age of deference to an era of modern social mores and ubiquitous social media.

“The royals, particularly the younger royals, have moved from the realm of state apparatus to the realm of celebrity culture in recent decades,” Harrison said. “That’s worked well for them up to a point - but celebrity culture takes as well as gives and is notoriously fickle.”

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