Royals in the media

Mass Media and Popular Culture in Britain

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Monarchy

  • Loyalty
  • Respected
  • Responsibility of leadership
  • Aloof (detached)
  • Distance between Royal family and people
  • Media - radio and newspapers - image maintained, separation, TV - Queen's speech at Christmas (20 million viewers), Queen Elizabeth II coronation 1952
  • Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
  • Princess Diana 
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Princess Diana in the media

  • 'People's princess'
  • Outgoing
  • Community
  • In touch with people
  • Approachable
  • Warm and friendly
  • Not overwhelmed by status
  • Most photographed person
  • Hoarded by press
  • Every action in the spotlight
  • 'Sink or swim' 
  • No support or guidance
  • Media aware
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