BBC and Buckingham Palace have announced the details of a unique documentary featuring home movies of The Queen filmed by the Royal Family, which will be broadcast on BBC One on 29 May. The documentary will be called Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen.
These unseen private home movies of The Queen in her youth tell the story of her life as a Princess. Footage also includes her engagement at Balmoral and a behind the scenes look at her first tour abroad with her family at the age of 20.
Simon Young, the BBC’s Commissioning Editor for History, 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.”
Claire Popplewell, Creative Director for BBC Studios Productions, added, “As programme-makers who have previously worked closely with the Royal Household on ceremonial and celebratory broadcast events and programmes, the production team were under no illusion quite how special having access to this very personal archive was. Being able to draw upon the self-recorded history of a young Princess Elizabeth and her wider family – and allowing The Queen to tell us her own story – is the very heart of this film.”