The young queen smiles during the holidays in never-before-seen photos

Program officials say Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen will ‘offer the public the chance to witness rare private moments in the life of the monarch’ – with clips recorded by her and other members of the royal family

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The Queen stars as a young princess in never-before-seen footage released

The Queen joked how younger generations might be surprised she was so young once, having granted unprecedented access to decades of home movies.

The 96-year-old monarch pulled back the curtain on the private parts of her royal life and contributed an updated voiceover for a new documentary.

Program officials say Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen will “offer audiences the chance to witness rare private moments in the life of the monarch”.

They say the 75-minute film will “tell the true story of her life as a princess – through her own eyes and in her own words throughout her reign.”

The documentary, which will air as part of the BBC’s Platinum Jubilee coverage on Sunday, uses reels recorded by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family as well as rare newsreel footage.







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Using audio clips of 60 of her speeches throughout her record-breaking 70-year reign, the Queen explains to viewers what they are seeing.

The period spans from the time of his grandfather George V, to the outbreak of war, to the abdication of his uncle Edward VII, to his father taking the throne and finally to his coronation at the age of 27 years in 1953.

Never-before-seen reels, including extraordinary footage from 1926, the first film in existence of the Queen cycling around her first home in Piccadilly, are shown alongside never-before-seen footage of her grandfather George V.







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The Queen tells how “cameras have always been a part of our lives”, while also paying a heartfelt tribute to her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

In often moving episodes, the Queen explains how “faith, family and friendship” have not only been a constant in her life “but a source of personal solace and solace”.

Elizabeth, who in February became Britain’s longest-serving monarch, adds: ‘I’ve lived long enough to know that things never stay quite the same for very long.







Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret traveling to South Africa in 1947
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Never-before-seen diary entries from the young princess are also heard for the first time, delivering her perspective on World War II.

She describes Hitler as “a horrible man” and recounts how she and her sister Margaret donned fancy dress to party with the crowds outside Buckingham Palace on VE Day – with the Queen describing it as “one of the nights memorable in my life.







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In the moving introduction the Queen recorded earlier this month, she says: “There’s a difference to watching a home movie when you know who’s on the other side of the lens, holding the camera.

“It adds to the feeling of intimacy. Like many families, my parents wanted to keep track of our precious moments together.


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“And when it was our turn with our own family, we did the same. I have always loved capturing family moments. Private photos can often show the fun behind the formality.

“I expect almost every family to have a collection of photographs or films that were once regularly viewed as a reminder of treasured moments but over time are replaced by newer images and newer memories.







The Queen with Princess Margaret and Prince Philip at a picnic in 1946
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“You still hope that future generations will find them interesting, and perhaps you’ll be surprised that you too were once young.”

Two never-before-seen clips have been released today, the first showing Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and their parents enjoying a holiday at Balmoral Estate in the 1930s.

The princesses play on the shores of Loch Muick and Glas Allt Waterfall.







The Queen and Princess Margaret at Royal Lodge Windsor in 1940
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In the second clip shot in South Africa, the Royal Family relax aboard the Royal Navy’s last battleship, HMS Vanguard in 1947 when the ship took them to and from South Africa for their spring tour .

Playful moments between the Queen and her mother are shown, posing for the cameras and dancing.

As the nation comes together next week to celebrate Her Majesty’s dedication to public service, the Queen says shyly: ‘I had no idea someone had coined the term Platinum for a 70th birthday when I was born, we don’t didn’t expect you to be here that’s a long time. I saw one coronation and received another, which is quite remarkable.







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Meanwhile, a report reveals people are divided over whether the royal family is a luxury the country cannot afford.

The Ipsos poll of 1,039 UK adults found 38% said they agreed, 36% said they disagreed. The Sovereign Grant accounts show the monarchy cost the taxpayer £87.5million in 2020/21, an increase of £18.1million on the previous financial year.







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Almost half said the Prince of Wales would do a good job as king, with almost three-quarters agreeing the Duke of Cambridge would do well.

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen airs on BBC One at 7.45pm.

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