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In a Panorama programme, the Duke of Edinburgh became the first member of the royal family to give a television interview. The duke was interviewed by Richard Dimbleby about the Commonwealth Technical Training Week. As patron of the initiative, he emphasised the need to encourage the training of skilled workers for the modern labour force.


The interview also revealed something of the working life of the duke and was a significant step towards modernising the monarchy. When the documentary Royal Family was commissioned in 1968, the Duke of Edinburgh saw its value to the family and was one of its principal proponents. With unprecedented access, the film makers were able to show the Queen at work and also off duty. One memorable scene showed the duke cooking sausages on a family barbecue at Balmoral.


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