Rare film footage of Queen recalls a golden age
This picture released by Buckingham Palace on June 1 shows Prince Charles and Princess Anne buried in the sand at Holkham Beach near Norfolk in the summer of 1957. It's part of a package of previously unreleased photos and film footage that is part of a BBC special on the Queen and the Diamond Jubilee (Getty Images)
You will be able to cut the air of nostalgia with a rusty knife this weekend as the royal clock is turned back on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth.
You might think that there's not much more to dig up in the image department of her life, since it has been duly recorded almost every step of the way.
Yet, there are several finds among material released this week, including home movies courtesy of Prince Charles, and a 1941 film from the British Council, "Royal Road" (see video below).
Charles pays tribute to the his mom in a BBC program, sharing some of his own childhood memories. He recalls one incident when he was four years old, just before Elizabeth's coronation, watching his mother prepare for the big event.
"I remember my Mama coming, you know, up, when we were being bathed as children, wearing the crown. It was quite funny -- practising," he said.
Charles also hauls out some footage of himself as a child. One scene -- filmed by his mom -- shows Charles and Anne being buried up to their neck in the sand of Holkham Beach in Norfolk. A corgi in the background gives a hint of the moviemaker.
Other home movies were taken at Balmoral, Windsor and on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
"My mama takes great pride in her family, from being a young mother at the start of her reign, to now being a great grandmother twice over," said Charles.
The admiration doesn't stop there:
"I think just the sheer number of heads of state who are coming to the jubilee celebrations shows the respect and affection with which my Mama is held all around the world," he says on the program.
He seems especially fond of some of the headgear the Queen gets to wear, especially when opening Parliament: "I've always thought my Mama looks absolutely wonderful in that tiara." (right photo)
On another trip down memory lane, the British Council has released a short film online called "Royal Road." Shot in 1941, as World War II was raging, it shows the Royal Family at its wartime best.
Included is a segment on the family riding around Windsor Castle, which was their main refuge during the war. It's a rare glimpse of what life must have been like for the the girl who, a dozen years later, would become Queen.
Prince Charles introduces his mother, Queen Elizabeth, to his school teachers and fellow pupils at the Hill House School Sports Day in west London, in this 1957 photograph, which is part of a BBC special being aired as a tribute from Charles to his mother.
Princess Elizabeth is seen in this still image taken from archive film footage from "Royal Road." It was shot during a car trip with her parents and sister around the grounds of Windsor Castle in 1941.