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

The program makers say that Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen will “offer audiences an opportunity to experience 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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Queen stars as a young princess in released footage that has not yet been shown

The Queen joked how surprised younger generations might be to see she was young once too, after granting unprecedented access to decades of home video.

The 96-year-old monarch has pulled back the curtain on intimate parts of her royal life and provided a recent voiceover for a new documentary.

The program makers say that Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen “will offer audiences the opportunity to experience 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 on Sunday as part of the BBC’s Platinum Jubilee coverage, uses roles recorded by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, as well as rare news footage.







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

The period spans from the time of her grandfather George V, through the outbreak of war, the abdication of her uncle Edward VII, to her father’s accession to the throne and finally to her coronation aged just 27 in 1953.

Unseen films, including extraordinary footage from 1926, the earliest film in existence, of the Queen riding a bicycle around her first home in Piccadilly, will be shown alongside never-before-seen footage of her grandfather George V.







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The Queen says that “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” were not just constants in her life, “but a source of personal comfort and affirmation.”

Elizabeth, who became Britain’s longest-serving monarch in February, adds: “I’ve lived long enough to know that things never stay the way they are.”







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Never-before-seen diary entries by the young princess can also be heard for the first time and provide her perspective on the Second World War.

She describes Hitler as “a terrible man” and recounts how she and her sister Margaret dressed up to celebrate VE Day with the crowds outside Buckingham Palace – the Queen described it as “one of the most memorable nights of my life”.







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In the moving introduction the Queen recorded earlier this month, she says: “It’s a difference to watching a home video knowing who’s on the other side of the lens holding the camera.

“It increases the sense of intimacy. Like many families, my parents wanted to capture our precious moments together.

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

“I assume that almost every family has a collection of photos or films that used to be looked at regularly to remember precious moments, but which are replaced over time with newer images and newer memories.







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“You always hope that future generations will find them interesting, and you may wonder why you too were once young.”

Two previously unreleased clips were released today, with the first showing Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and their parents enjoying a holiday at the Balmoral estate in the 1930s.

The princesses play on the banks of Loch Muick and Glas Allt waterfall.







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In the second clip, filmed in South Africa, the Royal Family is shown relaxing aboard the Royal Navy’s newest battleship, HMS Vanguard, in 1947 as the ship took them on their spring tour to and from South Africa.

Playful moments are shown between the Queen and her mother as they pose and dance for the cameras.

As the nation gathers next week to celebrate Her Majesty’s commitment to the public service, the Queen says coyly: “I didn’t know anyone came up with the term platinum for a 70th anniversary when I was born, they didn’t expected you’ve been around for so long. I saw one coronation and received another, which is quite remarkable.”







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

The Ipsos survey of 1,039 UK adults found 38% agreed and 36% disagreed. Accounts for the Sovereign Grant show the monarchy cost taxpayers £87.5m in 2020/21 – an increase of £18.1m on the previous financial year.







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

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen airs at 19:45 on BBC One.

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