BBC to air documentary Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen

The BBC will air the documentary, which will take a behind-the-scenes look at Queen Elizbaeth II’s young life

A new documentary is set to give royal fans a behind-the-scenes look at Queen Elizabeth II’s young life ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen will feature previously unreleased footage of the monarch as a young princess.

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Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 70th anniversary with nationwide events.

However, for those who want to join in the celebrations from their sofa, the BBC will be showing the new documentary.

Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen will be broadcast as part of the BBC’s anniversary celebrations. (Image credit: Getty Images)

What is Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen about?

The young life of Queen Elizabeth II is shown during Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen.

The BBC has said the new documentary will show the “fun behind the formality” of the royal family, with clips from the monarch’s childhood to her coronation at the age of 27.

More than 400 rolls of film, privately owned by the Royal Collection at the British Film Institute, were viewed for the documentary.

The show, which will last 75 minutes, will also include a special message from Her Majesty herself.

What did the Queen say about the documentary?

In the clip, she opens up about her love for home videos, saying they help capture “precious family moments.”

She said: “Cameras have always been a part of our lives.

“I think knowing who’s on the other side of the lens and holding the camera makes a difference in home video. It contributes to the feeling of intimacy.

“Like many families, my parents wanted to capture our precious moments together. And when it came to our own family, we did the same.”

“I’ve always enjoyed capturing family moments. Private photos can often show the fun behind the formality.

The monarch said videos and photos bring all families together, adding: “I assume almost every family has a collection of photos or films that used to be looked at regularly to remember precious moments, but which being replaced over time by newer images and newer memories.”

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

When is Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen airing?

The documentary will air Sunday, May 29 at 7:45 p.m.

What channel is Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen on?

The show is broadcast on BBC1.

It will also be available to be caught up live on BBC iPlayer live and after broadcast.

When is the platinum anniversary?

The country will celebrate the platinum anniversary with a bank holiday weekend.

The holidays last from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June.

The Jubilee Day is officially June 2nd, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II takes place on June 2nd, 1953. BBC to air documentary Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen


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