Queen’s home movies will be in a new documentary for Jubilee

A still from the ‘Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen’ video of Princess Elizabeth, 20, during a visit to South Africa in 1947. A new documentary to be released will reveal never-before-seen footage of Queen Elizabeth II. The BBC had wide access to a huge archive of home-made films shot by the Queen, her parents and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. The film is being made in conjunction with the upcoming Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (The Royal Collection via BBC Studios via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Never-before-seen home films from Queen Elizabeth II’s personal archive — including footage capturing the monarch as a young mother and beaming at her engagement ring — will be featured in a new documentary, the court announced Sunday. BBC.

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, honoring her 70 years on the throne .

The videos record the Queen’s life from when she was a baby 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.

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

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

“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. .

“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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