Princess Elizabeth | Queen Elizabeth II's journey to the throne
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 13 October 1940
DURATION | 4 minutes 18 seconds
The 14-year-old Princess Elizabeth sends her best wishes to the children who have been evacuated from Britain to America, Canada and elsewhere. Princess Margaret joins her to wish all children goodnight. This is the earliest recording of the future Queen in the BBC archives.
The picture above shows HRH Princess Elizabeth, and other members of the Royal Family, visiting the BBC studios at Broadcasting House in 1939.
Evacuation of children in Britain from the cities to the countryside started in September 1939. In 1940, the British government began evacuating children to dominion countries such as Canada, but only about 13,000 were evacuated abroad altogether due to the increasing threat of ships being torpedoed.
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A tribute to the people and ideals of the British Empire and Commonwealth.
Princess Elizabeth's speech to the Commonwealth from Cape Town.
BBC television film on the royal tour of South Africa in 1947.
The betrothal of Princess Elizabeth is announced.
Newsreel of the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.
The announcement that Princess Elizabeth has had a son.
Newsreel footage of the young Princess Elizabeth busy with her state duties.
A warm Lancashire welcome for the royal couple as they visit Liverpool and Manchester.
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh meet delighted crowds.
A visit to Sark, Jersey and Guernsey by the royal couple.
Newsreel of the first public appearance of Princess Anne.
An enthusiastic welcome in Athens for Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Princess Elizabeth takes the salute for the first time.
President Truman welcomes the royal couple to Washington DC.
King George VI's final farewell to his eldest daughter.
A report on how Princess Elizabeth was informed of her father's death.
John Snagge announces the death of King George VI.
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