The Queen: As Never Seen Before

HOME movies are usually of no interest to anyone except those who are in them.
But Rosie Newman’s amateur films contain one or two gems.
They include the earliest known colour footage of the Queen – screened for the first time on TV tonight.
It was taken in the summer of 1936 by Rosie, the daughter of a wealthy banker.
Her family owned a house in London next door to one of the homes occupied by the Duke and Duchess of York.
They were to become King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, known later as the Queen Mother.
Invited one day into their garden, Rosie captured colour images of young Princess Elizabeth – now our Queen – and her sister Princess Margaret, whose lives were about to change forever.
Within months King Edward VIII, torn between royal duty and his love for American divorcee Wallis Simpson, had abdicated.

His brother George succeeded him as King, paving the way for the eventual succession of our current Queen.
Rosie’s films are the subject of the first documentary in a four-part series called The Thirties In Colour, screened on BBC4 at 9pm tonight.
I’m not sure they quite warrant a full hour of TV.
But they do provide a unique glimpse of a decade more often seen in black and white.
If you’re in the UK and able to watch tonight’s programme, let me know what you think.

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