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Queen Elizabeth and the Spy in the Palace review – a rather Blunt documentary

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Royals Declassified continues with the story of Anthony Blunt, a traitor at the heart of the monarchy. But does anyone care about the possible repercussions of a decades-old betrayal? Channel 4’s three-part series Royals Declassified uses previously unseen documents, including diary entries and letters, to tell the story of the Queen’s reign. The second episode, Queen Elizabeth and the Spy in the Palace, is, of course, about Anthony Blunt – knight of the realm, wartime employee of MI5, renowned art historian, surveyor of the king’s (and later queen’s) pictures and – it turned out in 1979 – a Soviet spy just about all along. The question posed at the top of the programme is whether the secrets to which he became privy during his time with the Windsors could still harm the royal family.
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