In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the BBC has created a new documentary film titled Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen. It contains never-before-seen material from 400 reels of family home videos and 60 of the Monarch's speeches, as reported by The Telegraph.
The Queen as a baby
The footage spans the Queen's life, including the first moving images of her as a baby in 1926 wearing a bonnet and being pushed in a pram by her mother, her childhood holidays at Balmoral, and her coronation in 1953 at the age of 27.
In addition to the Queen, the film also features her father George VI, sister Princess Margaret, uncles Edward VIII and the Duke of Kent, her husband Prince Philip, and the couple's two eldest children Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
'You too were young once'
The film reveals 'the fun behind the formality' of the Queen's royal life, as reported by Sky News. It features a recorded introduction by the Monarch and her voice also narrates the footage, using clips and newsreel audio from her speeches. Her Majesty said:
I expect just about every family has a collection of photographs or films that were once regularly looked at to recall precious moments but which, over time, are replaced by newer images and more recent memories.
You always hope that future generations will find them interesting, and perhaps be surprised that you too were young once.
Claire Popplewell, the creative director of BBC Studios Events Productions, said the film especially 'demonstrates the love and fondness Her Majesty’s father, King George VI, had for his daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.'
The 75-minute programme will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday May 29 at 7.45pm.