The Queen Unseen saw Her Majesty at her happiest – with corgis and cows
‘Oh, my goodness, she’s eating! I think it’s an orange!” said former royal correspondent Wesley Kerr as he watched some archive footage in The Queen Unseen (ITV). Sightings of the monarch letting a foodstuff pass her lips in public are rare. Sightings of Kerr are not; I think he has appeared in every royal documentary I’ve watched over the past 12 months, along with the royal historians also featured here.
Perhaps future generations will uncover some dynamite news about the Queen that will upend everything we know. Until then, films like this will tell us nothing new.
The Queen is quite reserved, has always put duty before all else, and loves corgis. Really, these documentaries – and there seem to be an awful lot of them around at the moment – should stop trying to claim that they are revealing great secrets and just allow us to enjoy them for what they are: charming footage of the Royal family from years gone by, and a gentle reminder that the Queen has been doing a marvellous job for nigh on 70 years.
There is nothing wrong with a little nostalgia, particularly when viewed in glorious colour as it was here. This delve into the archives showed the Queen at her happiest. We saw her playing with her children on the beach, helping out at a family barbecue, and relaxing in the garden of the New Zealand governor-general while the Duke of Edinburgh tried and failed to clamber onto a lilo.
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