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Greenlit: Royal Cousins at War, BBC2

Royal Cousins at War (2 x 60′) – This series tells the story of how European royal relatives, despite ties of blood and marriage, ended up at war with each other. It explores how World War One brought the continent to its knees, resulting in the demise of many of the Royal Houses of Europe. For the people involved, including King George V, Tsar Nicholas II and Kaiser Wilhem II, the tide of history brought immense change, tragedy and personal humiliation.

The first part of this series looks at how, despite the hope that the spread of Queen Victoria’s progeny across the royal houses of Europe would foster peace and good government, there were, in fact, escalating tensions between the members of Queen Victoria’s family. The personal tensions between Edward VII and Wilhelm II encapsulated and exacerbated the rivalry between their respective countries.

Part two explores how, in the crucial years after the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the royal family of Europe not only failed to prevent war, but actively contributed to its onset, hastening their own demise. As new forms of government emerged, the interconnected royal dynasties, the archaic monarchies of Europe, were forced to adapt, or be overthrown.

Channel: BBC2

Producer: Blakeway Productions

TX: 2014

SourceBBC press release

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