The Queen may be one of the most filmed and photographed people in history, but these previously unseen images – taken by the people who know her best of all – offer a rare glimpse of her at her most unguarded.
They are taken from hundreds of private, home-made recordings which have been released to the BBC for a landmark TV documentary marking the Platinum Jubilee. The programme tells the story of her life before she ascended the throne in her own words, and shows how the family saw her at the time.
In one poignant and carefree shot, the young Princess Elizabeth beams in the sunshine alongside her sister, Princess Margaret, and her much-loved father, King George VI, as the wind ruffles their hair.
They are pictured together on HMS Vanguard for a 1947 tour of South Africa, the trip on…
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