Rare footage of Queen as a teenager and young woman released by BBC archives





Recordings include a fourteen-year-old Princess Elizabeth's first BBC broadcast on Children's Hour, in which the young Princess sends her best wishes to the children who have been evacuated from Britain to America, Canada and elsewhere.

She can be heard saying: "Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers. My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much for you as we know from experience what it means to be away from those we love most of all.

This is the earliest recording of the future Queen in the BBC archives.

It is made up of 19 radio and television broadcasts, spanning 12 years from 1940 to 1952, which sees the future Queen supporting the country following the end of the second world war.



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