Royal heartbreak: Queen's 'confidence shaken' after scathing criticism forced major change

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Royal heartbreak: Queen's 'confidence shaken' after scathing criticism forced major change

In 1957 Lord Altrincham fiercely criticised Queen Elizabeth II for her delivery, tone and attitude during her speeches to the public. This resulted

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In 1957 Lord Altrincham fiercely criticised Queen Elizabeth II for her delivery, tone and attitude during her speeches to the public. This resulted in a backlash for the politician and journalist, however, the controversy also had a direct impact on the Queen. Channel 5’s latest royal documentary, ‘The Queen: In Her Own Words’, set to air at 9:15 pm on Saturday, looks at the key moments and speeches that shaped the Her Majesty modern image.

Following Lord Altrincham’s criticism, the Queen drastically changed her approach to speeches and took the massive leap to broadcast via TV instead of radio.

The documentary narrator said: “Journalist and politician Lord Altrincham published a stinging critique.

“He claimed the Queen was distant, out of date and sounded like a priggish school girl.

“These criticisms were said to have shaken the Queen’s confidence to the core.”

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Royal author and historian Piers Brandon reflected on the controversial article and the aftermath that followed.

Mr Brandon said: “He criticised the stuffy, tweedy, old fashioned courtiers that surrounded her and made her talk.

“This was the really insulting part of his article, he said they made her talk like the captain of a hockey team or girl guide.”

Lord Altrincham defended his comments in the article and went into greater detail of how he wanted to see the Royal Family change.

Today, the Queen is still praised for her personal touches littered throughout all the speeches she has since written.

The narrator closed by saying: “Following Lord Altrincham’s criticism, the Queen agreed to her Christmas message to be televised for the first time and live.

“Her tone and delivery were transformed and she addressed the criticisms head-on.”



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