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Prince Charles shares archive of Queen in BBC documentary

  • 31 May 2012
  • From the section UK

Never-before-seen footage of the Royal family, including home movies of and by the Queen, are to be shown in a BBC documentary - in a tribute by the Prince of Wales to his mother.

In it, Prince Charles shares his family memories, providing insight into Queen Elizabeth's public and private life.

The Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, marking her 60 years on the throne.

The programme will be broadcast on BBC One on Friday evening.

The documentary includes footage - filmed by the Queen - of nine-year-old Charles and his younger sister Princess Anne on a family beach holiday in Norfolk in 1957.

The two children are seen buried up to their necks in the sand with a corgi dog between them.

Throughout the film, the prince shares his memories of the Queen while adding his own commentary and insights.

In one part, he recalls how his "mama" tried out the Coronation crown in 1953.

"I remember my Mama coming, you know, up, when we were being bathed as children, wearing the crown", he says. "It was quite funny - practising."

Watching the footage some 60 years later, the prince praises his mother's "amazing poise" and "natural grace".

Events marking the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday include a 1,000-boat pageant along the River Thames on Sunday, as well as a service of Thanksgiving on Tuesday.

A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales will be screened on BBC One on Friday at 20:00 BST

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