The Queen is to be seen "like never before" in charming scenes captured from her own private home videos, showing her happy life as a young woman.
Snapshots of the then-Princess Elizabeth, broadcast for the first time during a BBC One trailer on Thursday night, show her pulling an exaggerated grin for the camera, joined by her beloved younger sister Princess Margaret, and gesturing with a flourish to a sea of flowers around her.
On the Royal Yacht Britannia, the young princess is seen mastering the art of skipping while hopping on one leg in a carefree moment.
All the footage has been taken from the Royal Family’s own collection of home movies, filmed themselves and kept private until now.
In honour of the Platinum Jubilee, the Queen has given permission for some of them to be aired in a BBC documentary called Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen.
One short clip sees her removing a pair of sunglasses, underneath a vivid blue sky. Some of the footage is known to have been filmed during her first overseas tour to South Africa with her parents.
Another records her walking along with a corgi, with a separate film of her beaming and arm-in-arm with her grandmother Queen Mary, who is dressed as usual in her formal attire.
A voiceover from the Queen herself, taken from one of her previous speeches, sets the tone of the documentary, saying: “Winston Churchill, my first Prime Minister, said that the further back that you look, the further forward you can see. “
A trailer, broadcast for the first time last night, promises the programme will reveal “the Queen, as she’s never been seen before”.
The 75-minute programme will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday, May 29th.