Platinum Jubilee

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Seventy years ago, on 2 June 1953, the coronation of a new queen at Westminster Abbey ushered in Britain’s age of television. The BBC’s meticulously organised coverage of the young Elizabeth II’s coronation was widely praised, despite the uneven picture quality, as an estimated 20 million tuned in, more than half the adult population.

BBC announces one-off documentary Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen

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The documentary will include never before seen home movies of the Queen filmed by members of the Royal Family.

Viewers will see private and intimate moments of the Queen as a young girl through her own eyes and words as she grew up and throughout her reign.

To accompany the release of the documentary, three new images of a young princess Elizabeth have been revealed.

The Royal Family have been filming themselves from the 1920s and over the decades those home-made recordings have added up.

ITV to air first ever televised Platinum Jubilee Celebration for Queen Elizabeth II

Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis, Omid Djalili and Tom Cruise will lead the star-studded cast for the first ever televised event to mark such a historic occasion.

Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will host the live broadcast, joined by guests including Adjoa Andoh, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ant & Dec, Dame Joan Collins, Sir Mo Farah, Dame Maureen Lipman, Sir David Jason, Alan Titchmarsh, Dame Kelly Holmes, Moira Stuart and Sir Trevor McDonald.