Unseen royal home film features young Princess Elizabeth playing at Balmoral

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Running through the swamps, paddling in the loch, and playing with her corgi, these photos of a carefree young Princess Elizabeth seem a world away from the Queen so famous today

Running through the swamps, paddling in the loch, and playing with her corgi, these photos of a carefree young Princess Elizabeth seem a world away from the Queen so famous today.

In unseen footage released by Buckingham Palace and the BBC ahead of their anniversary next week, the then 12-year-old Queen skims stones, runs around with Princess Margaret and looks utterly carefree during a summer break at Balmoral in 1938.

As these pictures show, the young Queen feels completely at home in Balmoral, her summer home in Scotland.

Photos show the princesses playing on the shores of Loch Muick and Glas allt Shiel waterfall while their father George VI walks the family Labrador.

Balmoral is dear to the Queen, having named her newest corgi ‘Muick’ (pronounced Mick) after the hole on the Scottish estate.

Running through the swamps, paddling in the loch, and playing with her corgi, these photos of a carefree young Princess Elizabeth seem a world away from the Queen so famous today

In unseen footage released by Buckingham Palace and the BBC ahead of their anniversary next week, the then 12-year-old Queen skims stones, runs around with Princess Margaret and looks utterly carefree during a summer break at Balmoral in 1938

In unseen footage released by Buckingham Palace and the BBC ahead of their anniversary next week, the then 12-year-old Queen skims stones, runs around with Princess Margaret and looks utterly carefree during a summer break at Balmoral in 1938

The footage is from a private home video recorded at the property.

It will be broadcast on the BBC – which has been granted unprecedented access to the film reels by the Queen – in her documentary ‘Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen’ which will air on 29 May.

The Royal Family have filmed each other since the 1920s, but hundreds of these homemade shots have been privately held by the Royal Collection in the vaults of the British Film Institute for decades.

Now they are being shared with the public, giving viewers a new look into the life of the Queen as she celebrates her historic 70 years on the throne.

In a new preview clip released ahead of this weekend’s documentary, George VI can be seen smiling alongside his daughters Elizabeth and Margaret.

As these pictures show, the young Queen feels completely at home in Balmoral, her summer home in Scotland.

As these pictures show, the young Queen feels completely at home in Balmoral, her summer home in Scotland.

Balmoral is dear to the Queen, having named her newest corgi 'Muick' (pronounced Mick) after the hole on the Scottish estate

Balmoral is dear to the Queen, having named her newest corgi ‘Muick’ (pronounced Mick) after the hole on the Scottish estate

The princesses, both in pretty tea dresses with cardigans, chat happily with their father as the camera rolls.

Elsewhere, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, can be seen soaking up the sun. A cheerful George VI, dapper in his sailor white, strides across the deck before staring into the lens.

His close relationship with his eldest daughter is revealed in an impromptu game of throwing and catching.

Royal Navy sailors are busy as the camera pans to show them keeping the ship in good shape for their VIP passengers.

Elizabeth looks young and carefree in the video, smiling under the clear blue sky.

Photos show the princesses playing on the shores of Loch Muick and Glas allt Shiel waterfall while their father George VI walks the family Labrador

Photos show the princesses playing on the shores of Loch Muick and Glas allt Shiel waterfall while their father George VI walks the family Labrador

The documentary traces the Queen's journey from infancy, when she was pushed in a pram by her mother as a baby, to her coronation aged just 27 in 1953 after the death of her father George VI.  in 1952. Pictured in 1938

The documentary traces the Queen’s journey from infancy, when she was pushed in a pram by her mother as a baby, to her coronation aged just 27 in 1953 after the death of her father George VI. in 1952. Pictured in 1938

The footage is set to speeches Her Majesty gave: her 1996 Christmas show, in which she discussed the importance of building relationships with other countries, and her Guildhall speech on 11 June 1947, a few months after her return from Africa.

The documentary traces the Queen’s journey from infancy, when she was pushed in a pram by her mother as a baby, to her coronation aged just 27 in 1953 after the death of her father George VI. in 1952.

The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the Queen’s upbringing and reveals the warmth of her relationship with her parents.

One clip shows young Elizabeth at the Royal Lodge in Windsor in 1940, where she frolics in matching dresses with Princess Margaret – and a corgi – and falls backwards into a chair in an apparent prank by George VI.

Loch Muick is said to be one of the Queen's favorite spots on the Balmoral estate, and she named her corgi after the loch

Loch Muick is said to be one of the Queen’s favorite spots on the Balmoral estate, and she named her corgi after the loch

It shows Prince Philip’s first lengthy visit to Balmoral in 1946, before the couple’s engagement was public – a beaming Princess Elizabeth showing the camera her engagement ring.

It also features Princess Elizabeth as a young mother, with the King and Queen as the loving grandparents of Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

Other rare moments include her grandfather George V (known to the Queen as ‘Grandpa England’) sailing with the Queen Mother off the Isle of Wight in 1931, footage of Princess Elizabeth with her uncle Prince George, the Duke of Kent, who tragically died on active duty in a plane crash in 1942 – and a moving look at the royal family at Balmoral in 1951, King George VI’s last visit.

Unlike traditional documentaries that feature interviews and narration, Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen relies heavily on the Queen’s own voice and words alongside newsreel audio.

The filmmakers listened to over three hundred speeches from the Queen spanning over eight decades.

Beaming alongside her father and sister, young Princess Elizabeth enjoys a voyage on the high seas.  The footage is from a private home video recorded on HMS Vanguard, the ship that took the royal family to South Africa in 1947

Beaming alongside her father and sister, young Princess Elizabeth enjoys a voyage on the high seas. The footage is from a private home video recorded on HMS Vanguard, the ship that took the royal family to South Africa in 1947

The videos show sisters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret more relaxed during a break in South Africa

The videos show sisters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret more relaxed during a break in South Africa

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