Leopold Hoesch
Julia Melchior
1 x 45'
The little queens are coming
New blood for the monarchy

With the latest addition to Europe's royal families, Swedish Princess Estelle, five little queens are growing up to one day ascend a throne: Elizabeth of Belgium, Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, Leonor of Spain and Estelle. There has never been so much female power in history.

Until a few years ago, female succession to the throne was anything but a matter of course. In 1980, Sweden was the first kingdom in Europe to change its constitution: whether daughter or son, the first-born child inherits the throne here. As the only woman among Europe's heirs to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden did not always have it easy. As a teenager she struggled with her fate. She had to fight for her Daniel for years. But she prevailed, went unconventional ways and gained respect. Today, the heir to the Swedish throne leads the royal hit list. As the figurehead of a new generation, her place in the history books is assured.

Embedded in a portrait of Crown Princess Victoria, the film introduces the little superstars of tomorrow. How are the girls in the 21st century prepared for their role? What role models from history will they be measured against? What can they learn from the monarchs of today? And what has Crown Princess Victoria achieved for the new generation? In The Age of Queens, Julia Melchior's film is dedicated for the first time to the role of women at the head of European kingdoms - past, present and future.

First broadcast: Saturday, 07 July 2012, 19:25, ZDF.

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