Queen’s home movies included in new documentary for Jubilee

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Never-before-seen home films from Queen Elizabeth II’s personal archive – including footage capturing the monarch as a young mother and her beaming in front of her engagement ring – will be shown in a new documentary, the BBC announced on Sunday.

The Queen has granted the broadcaster unprecedented access to hundreds of home movies shot by her, her parents and her late husband Prince Philip as part of her upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations in honor of her 70th birthday on the throne.

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The videos document the Queen’s life from her childhood in a pram to her coronation in 1953.

A clip captured Philip’s first extended visit to Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1946, before his engagement to Elizabeth became public knowledge. The footage shows a beaming Princess Elizabeth showing off her engagement ring to the camera.

A still from the video "Elizabeth: The Invisible Queen" of Princess Elizabeth, 20, during a visit to South Africa in 1947. A new documentary will reveal never-before-seen footage of Queen Elizabeth II.
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A still from the ‘Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen’ video of Princess Elizabeth, 20, during a visit to South Africa in 1947. A new documentary will reveal never-before-seen footage of Queen Elizabeth II.
(The Royal Collection via BBC Studios via AP)

Philip and Elizabeth married in November 1947 and were married for 73 years, until Philip died in April 2021, just months before his 100th birthday.

Simon Young, the BBC’s history editor, said the broadcaster was honored to have access to the Queen’s personal film collection.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at a parade with Princess Alexandra in a horse-drawn carriage in Ascot, England on June 20, 2018.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrives at a parade with Princess Alexandra in a horse-drawn carriage in Ascot, England on June 20, 2018.
(AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

“This documentary is an extraordinary glimpse into a deeply personal side of the royal family that is rarely seen, and it’s wonderful to be able to share it with the nation as we celebrate its platinum jubilee,” he said. .

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“Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen” will air in the UK on May 29 ahead of a week of nationwide celebrations to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

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