Princess Elizabeth | Queen Elizabeth II's journey to the throne
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 24 May 1946
DURATION | 7 minutes 44 seconds
Aged just 20, Princess Elizabeth addresses the youth of the Commonwealth and the British Empire on Empire Day, 1946. Coming after the end of World War II, the speech commends the common ideals of 'freedom, justice and humanity' that can be found in every corner of the Empire. The princess uses the occasion to announce her intention to spend some of the next 12 months visiting parts of the Commonwealth that she has not been to before.
The picture above shows HRH Princess Elizabeth launching the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle in 1946.
Empire Day celebrations took place at the Royal Albert Hall in 1944, 1945 and 1946 and were broadcast by the BBC as an acknowledgement of the war effort by all the Commonwealth countries.
A message from Princess Elizabeth to the Nation's children.
Princess Elizabeth celebrates the achievements and service of the YWCA.
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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