Five classic British
Pathe documentaries celebrating the early years of Queen Elizabeth's reign.
Long Live The Queen (1952, 8 minutes)
Following the death of
her father, King George VI, Princess Elizabeth returns home from a Commonwealth
tour as Queen. A celebratory newsreel documentary of the life of the princess
and a document of her very first engagements as Queen.
The Queen's Birthday
(1952, 2 minutes) Includes a ceremony where the Queen becomes Colonel-In-Chief
of the Guards regiments.
Elizabeth Is Queen
(1953, 46 minutes)
A full colour
documenatary of the 1953 Coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey including the
preparations of the
Royal Guardsmen, the Household Cavalry and the royal coachmen. Highlights
include the State Coach making its way through the London streets past huge
cheering crowds and, of course, the presentation to the new Queen of the royal
sceptre, orb and crown. Also includes a fascinating retrospective of her
earlier life as a young princess.
Royal Review (1953, 16
mins) A film review of the Queen's activities in her Coronation month focussing
on her visits to the Derby, Edinburgh Castle and the Guild Hall in London.
The Queen (1954, 40 mins) A detailed insight into the new monarch's first tour
around her Commonwealth. Visiting Jamaica, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia,
Ceylon and Uganda, meeting enthusiastic crowds and encountering the colourful
diversity of customs, dances and traditional dress of diginitaries and subjects
alike. The royal couple then take to the Royal Yacht Britannia for a
Mediterannean tour taking in the Western Desert, Malta and Gibraltar before
being accompanied by R.A.F. planes and the ships of the Royal Navy back to
Tilbury and up the Thames to their final destination of the Pool Of London.
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