Unseen footage of Queen Elizabeth II is set to air this week in a BBC exclusive on May 29, 2022, in celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
The documentary titled Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen follows the Queen’s life in footage shot by her parents, beginning with a young Lillibet being pushed in a pram and ending with her Coronation at the age of 27.
BBC Commissioning Editor for History, Simon Young said the documentary is an “extraordinary” look into the life of the Royal.
“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 mark her Platinum Jubilee,” Young said.
“We are honoured that The Queen has entrusted the BBC with such unprecedented access to her 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 mark her Platinum Jubilee.”
Creative Director for BBC Studios Events Productions, Claire Popplewell said “allowing The Queen to tell us her own story – is the very heart of this film”.
Rumours of the documentary were confirmed earlier in May when unseen images of the Queen were released. One such photo is of an ecstatic Princess Elizabeth showing off her engagement ring during the first extended visit of Prince Philip to Balmoral in 1946.
The announcement of the documentary was shared by the BBC and the Royal Family Instagram.
“Offering a glimpse into a rarely seen side of The Royal Family, follow The Queen’s life as a young Princess in her own eyes and own words,” the caption read.
The 75-minute long extravaganza involves narration from the Monarch herself, as teased in the trailer released by the BBC.
“Winston Churchill, my first Prime Minister, said that ‘The further backward you look, the further forward you can see’,” Her Majesty’s voice says over happy footage of her princess self smiling.
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The feature includes visions of rare moments involving her grandfather George V, her uncle Prince George, The Duke of Kent, The Queen Mother and The King.