Queen's Diamond Decades

The 1980s

Season 1, Episode 4 of 6

When the 1980s began, there was one question on everybody's lips: whom would Prince Charles, the world's most eligible bachelor, take for a bride? We soon had our answer and a shy nursery teacher, Lady Diana Spencer, became famous around the world. Marriage preparations consumed the country and their union would become "The Wedding of the Century." The invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982 became both a constitutional and personal matter for the queen; not only was she Head of State, but mother of a serving pilot, Prince Andrew. Victory was followed by further national celebration, with the birth of a future king, Prince William. There was further happiness when Prince Harry arrived in 1984. Two years later, royal wedding bells would delight the nation again, when Prince Andrew married the feisty Sarah Ferguson. The indomitable Margaret Thatcher won a third term and survived the Brighton bombing. A politically charged decade - at home and abroad - ended with the exhilarating fall of the Berlin Wall. Through times of celebration and turmoil, the queen still reigned supreme.

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