The Invisible Queen’ – TBI Vision

BBC One in the UK has revealed a 75-minute special which features never-before-seen private films of the Queen.

Elizabeth: The Invisible Queenwhich will debut on the iPlayer streaming service and BBC One on May 29, will tell the true story of her life as a princess through her own eyes and in her own words throughout her reign.

Since the 1920s, the Royal Family have always filmed themselves, but for decades hundreds of these reels of home-made recordings were privately kept by the Royal Collection in the vaults of the British Film Institute (BFI).

The Queen has granted the BBC unprecedented access to footage of the doc, taking viewers into her life through personal films shot by her, her parents, Prince Philip and others.

It reveals the Queen’s journey from her earliest childhood, pushed in a pram by her mother, to her coronation aged just 27 in 1953, following the death of her father George VI in 1952.

BBC Studios produced the film, which had access to over 400 film reels and discovered lost newsreels.

Simon Young, BBC History Editor, said: “This documentary is an extraordinary insight 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 it Platinum Jubilee.”

Claire Popplewell, Creative Director of BBCS Events Productions, added: “To be able to take inspiration from the self-recorded story of a young Princess Elizabeth and her extended family – and allow the Queen to tell us her own story – is the very heart of this film.”

The doc was commissioned by Clare Sillery, responsible for orders, documentaries, history and religion. Executive producers are Julia Harrington and Harvey Lilley, director is Simon Finch, and Popplewell is creative director.