Princess Elizabeth | Queen Elizabeth II's journey to the throne
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 21 April 1947
DURATION | 5 minutes 49 seconds
In a speech recorded while touring South Africa and Rhodesia (today known as Zimbabwe), Princess Elizabeth expresses her thanks for messages of congratulation on her 21st birthday. She pays tribute to the people of the Empire and Commonwealth and dedicates her life to serving them.
The Queen did not visit South Africa again until 1995, after the end of apartheid and the first democratic elections there. During this historic visit, South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth, which it had left in 1961. South Africa hosted the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting for the first time in 1999 and the Queen attended.
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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