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Darcey Bussell's Royal Road Trip | Preview (Channel 4)

The Queen is the longest reigning monarch in British history and during her long reign, she's visited just about every inch of the country.

So, in this Platinum Jubilee year, Royal Ballet star Dame Darcey Bussell embarks on an epic journey to find out just what the Queen loves about the land she has ruled for so many years.

Dame Darcey, who received her damehood from the Queen and performed in front of her throughout her career, follows in the footsteps of the Queen as she explores breathtaking locations that have shaped our monarch's identity.

Intercut with rich archive material of Her Majesty and the Royal Family, our regal route takes in magnificent landscapes and charming villages from across Britain - each one steeped in royal history and imbued with the Queen's fondest memories.

Prepare for a Royal adventure across some of Britain's incredible locations, as we're treated to fascinating anecdotes from members of the public whose lives have been touched by the Queen, as well as some of Her Majesty's beloved activities - from fly-fishing in the glorious Scottish Highlands and sampling her favourite cuisine in Norfolk, to horse racing in Berkshire.

In this first episode, Darcey begins her royal road trip in the Scottish Highlands. The one event the Queen never misses on her summer holidays at Balmoral is the Highland Games.

Here, Darcey tosses the caber and discovers what it's like to have the Queen as a neighbour. Right next door to Balmoral, Darcey tastes some royal whisky on the River Dee and has a crack at one of the Queen's favourite pastimes - fly-fishing for salmon. In Edinburgh, Darcey steps onboard The Royal Yacht Britannia where she hears about what life was like on board from her former ship steward.

This leg of the road trip ends with Darcey trying the tricky steps to a dance created especially for Her Majesty at the Ghillies Ball and interviews the Ghillies Ball players.


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