Queen Elizabeth II documentary shows ‘fun’ moments ahead of Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II documentary shows ‘fun’ moments ahead of Jubilee

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LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has spent her life in the public eye and is among the most photographed people in the world. This weekend Brits will be treated to rare home movies and never-before-seen footage – many of which were shot by herself and her family – in a documentary airing on the BBC on Sunday to celebrate 70 years of her reign .

Elizabeth, 96, is seen as a baby pushed in a pushchair by her mother and later playing with her father, King George VI, in Windsor as she falls from a chair in the garden. In another clip, she wades through the lochs near Balmoral with her sister, Margaret, and a corgi. The film also shows the young princess looking lovingly at her engagement ring shortly after Prince Philip proposed.

“Cameras have always been a part of our lives,” Elizabeth says in a recorded message at Windsor Castle for the BBC’s 75-minute film ‘Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen’.

“Like many families, my parents wanted to keep track of our precious moments together. And when it was our turn with our own family, we did the same,” she told the BBC.

“I have always loved capturing family moments,” continues the monarch. “Private photos can often show the fun behind the formality.”

Elizabeth has made fewer public appearances in recent months, with health issues ranging from a sprained back to a covid episode. An overnight stay in a hospital last year also raised serious concerns about the health of the nonagenarian. She has since made a number of virtual appearances and been seen in public with a cane, with Buckingham Palace citing sporadic “mobility issues”.

Earlier in May, she missed the opening of Parliament, one of the most important dates on the royal calendar, leaving her son and heir, Prince Charles, to take his place.

However, ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the monarch attended a royal horse show, where she smiled happily and waved to the crowd before receiving a standing ovation. Elizabeth also made an appearance for the opening of the new London Underground line, which bears her name and aims to transform the city for commuters and visitors.

Queen Elizabeth II attended a star-studded lineup on May 15 at events celebrating the platinum jubilee of her reign. (Video: Reuters)

Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place over four days from Thursday, and Union Jack flags and bunting are already adorning stations and parks as people rush to buy souvenirs for the impending pump. Thousands of people are expected to flock to Buckingham Palace to watch parades and a concert while trying to catch a glimpse of the monarch and her family on the balcony.

The BBC film will air in the UK this weekend, but it’s unclear if it will air later in the US.

“The production team had no illusions how special access to this very personal archive was,” said Claire Popplewell, creative director of BBC Studios Events Productions, according to the broadcaster. “Allowing the Queen to tell us her own story is the very heart of this film.”

In the documentary, Elizabeth reflects on the photos and images: “You always hope that future generations will find them interesting, and perhaps you will be surprised that you too were once young.”

Karla Adam contributed to this report.

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