Queen Elizabeth relaxes on holiday as a young woman with Prince Philip in never-before-seen royal pictures

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Smiling into the lens, a camera of her own clutched in her hands, this is The Queen as we have never seen her before.

A groundbreaking new ITV documentary, The Queen Unseen, delves into the Queen and Prince Philip’s personal life in the 50s.

These preview shots give an insight into the documentary, which offer a candid look at the family using newly unearthed home movie footage, which has never been seen in public before.

In one shot, we see the young Queen in a lovely summer dress in one image, clutching onto a camera in a photo taken in 1953.

Clearly relishing the downtime, Her Majesty stops for a photo during her stroll across the garden.

Her hair is in its iconic do, and she wears sunglasses while gazing towards the camera in the candid shot.


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We also see the Queen holding a cine camera in a vibrant lemon yellow dress with a white bag perched over her arm.

The footage was shot by Patricia Norrie, the wife of then Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Willoughby Norrie as he hosted the couple on the local leg of a gruelling seven-month Commonwealth tour.

Sarah Stevenson, the daughter of Patricia and Sir Willoughby, has described the time in history as “terribly exciting” with the royals staying at their home.

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We also see the Queen and Prince Philip taking a sleigh ride during their Canadian tour in 1951, filmed in colour for a movie named Royal Journey.

The young Queen, who is known for her huge love of horses, wraps up warm as she dotes on one in the snow.

Her Majesty is also known to have a fondness for cattle farming and corgis, and we see her stood beside a cow at Windsor Castle in 1992, in a separate photo.


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The documentary hopes to shed new light on the monarchs, and show them in a way never seen before.

Broadcaster Wesley Kerr tells the documentary: “Britain absolutely has been well served by the Queen in terms of her mastery of diplomacy, the absence of slip-ups.”

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Queen Elizabeth is rarely ever seen eating, especially on camera, but in the documentary she is believed to tuck into a piece of fruit in a candid moment.

The footage will also show the Queen at Balmoral with Prince Andrew as a baby, as well as portraying her while pregnant with the Duke of York and Prince Edward.

The documentary also notes that the Queen was able to rearrange meetings and plans to spend more time with the children, and put them to bed.

The Queen Unseen is on ITV1 on Thursday 8 April at 9pm.

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