Princess Elizabeth | Queen Elizabeth II's journey to the throne
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 02 June 1947
DURATION | 9 minutes 38 seconds
This film shows King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later known as the Queen Mother) leaving London with Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The Royal Family's arrival in Cape Town marks both the beginning of their journey across South Africa and the first state visit since 1939 and the outbreak of World War II.
The election of the National Party in 1948 brought in the system of apartheid, a policy of state-sanctioned racial segregation and discrimination. Disagreement with other Commonwealth countries over this system led to South Africa becoming a republic and leaving the Commonwealth in 1961.
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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