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The Queen Unseen will air on ITV tonight (Picture: ITV/ Factual Fiction)

Never before seen footage of Queen Elizabeth relaxing by a pool and enjoying a sleigh ride with husband Prince Philip will air in a new documentary tonight.

The Queen Unseen will give viewers an intimate insight into Her Majesty’s life ahead of her 95th birthday on April 21.

The documentary will show the monarch and her family away from royal duties and hear from those who knew her best.

Ahead of it airing, footage has emerged from 1953 showing a young Queen Elizabeth enjoying downtime with New Zealand Governor-General at the time, Sir Willoughby Norrie, and his family.

The footage was shot by Norrie’s wife Patricia, as the monarch and Prince Philip enjoyed Christmas Day at the Governor-General’s private home, lounging by the pool.

The Queen had been crowned earlier in the year and she and Philip were said to have relished the chance for some time to relax.


From Factual Fiction THE QUEEN UNSEEN Thursday 8th April 2021 on ITV Pictured: The Duke of Edinburgh struggles to climb onto a lilo in the pool.Christmas Day 1953 In a rare and unseen private home movie, we get a glimpse of the young Queen off duty. Taking a short break from the gruelling tour, the royal couple stayed with New Zealand?s Governor General, Sir Willougby Norrie, whose wife filmed the visit which took place over Christmas in 1953. His daughter Sarah Stephenson, was 10 at the time and recalls the excitement of The Queen?s stay: ?There were lots of presents for Prince Charles and Princess Anne, who were very young and were at home in England, so it must have been very difficult for The Queen and the Duke to leave their children behind for such a long trip. ?There was one time when my sister and I were taking our dogs for a walk, and The Queen said she wished she could come with us.? The Queen is the most famous woman in the world, yet as she reaches her 95th birthday she remains an enigma. In this unique film, we lift the mask of royalty to reveal the remarkable woman behind the throne. To learn more about the hidden private Elizabeth Windsor, who has sacrificed so much for crown and duty and discover how she has coped with increasing public demands to reveal every aspect of her private self. Using unseen home movies, intimate informal archive and recently digitised ?lost? material from some of the 116 countries she has visited, we?ll uncover the real Elizabeth Windsor. In rare off-duty moments we?ll discover The Queen on holiday, as a mother, wife, cook, animal lover, farmer, and expert horsewoman. This remarkable footage shows her true passions and some of the unlikely, unknown friendships she has forged away from the public eye. (c) Factual Fiction. For further information please contact Peter Gray 07831 460 662 peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is ? Factual Fiction and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme. THE QUEEN UNSEEN or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
In a rare and unseen private home movie, we get a glimpse of the young Queen and Prince Philip off duty (Picture: ITV/ Factual Fiction)

From Factual Fiction THE QUEEN UNSEEN Thursday 8th April 2021 on ITV Pictured: The Queen joining the family at the outdoor swimming pool, with the Duke of Edinburgh in swimming trunks and New Zealand?s Governor General, Sir Willougby Norrie, Christmas Day 1953 In a rare and unseen private home movie, we get a glimpse of the young Queen off duty. Taking a short break from the gruelling tour, the royal couple stayed with New Zealand?s Governor General, Sir Willougby Norrie, whose wife filmed the visit which took place over Christmas in 1953. His daughter Sarah Stephenson, was 10 at the time and recalls the excitement of The Queen?s stay: ?There were lots of presents for Prince Charles and Princess Anne, who were very young and were at home in England, so it must have been very difficult for The Queen and the Duke to leave their children behind for such a long trip. ?There was one time when my sister and I were taking our dogs for a walk, and The Queen said she wished she could come with us.? The Queen is the most famous woman in the world, yet as she reaches her 95th birthday she remains an enigma. In this unique film, we lift the mask of royalty to reveal the remarkable woman behind the throne. To learn more about the hidden private Elizabeth Windsor, who has sacrificed so much for crown and duty and discover how she has coped with increasing public demands to reveal every aspect of her private self. Using unseen home movies, intimate informal archive and recently digitised ?lost? material from some of the 116 countries she has visited, we?ll uncover the real Elizabeth Windsor. In rare off-duty moments we?ll discover The Queen on holiday, as a mother, wife, cook, animal lover, farmer, and expert horsewoman. This remarkable footage shows her true passions and some of the unlikely, unknown friendships she has forged away from the public eye. (c) Factual Fiction. For further information please contact Peter Gray 07831 460 662 peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is ? Factual Fiction and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme. THE QUEEN UNSEEN or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
The Duke of Edinburgh in swimming trunks during a visit to the home of the Governor General on New Zealand in 1953 (Picture: ITV / Factual Fiction).

The Queen and Prince Philip take a traditional sleigh ride during their Canadian Tour in 1951
The Queen and Prince Philip take a traditional sleigh ride during their Canadian Tour in 1951 (Picture: ITV/ Factual Fiction)

A young Queen films with a Cine camera at a private house as a guest of the Governor General of New Zealand
A young Queen films with a Cine camera at the home of the Governor General of New Zealand, Sir Willoughby Norrie, on Christmas Day, 1953 (Picture: ITV/ Factual Fiction)

The couple’s daughter, Sarah Stevenson, said it was ‘terribly exciting’ to have the royal party staying at their home and the Queen and Philip mucked in with the rest of the family.

Father Christmas delivered presents for the royals to take home to their then young children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

Sir Willoughby and his wife even gave the Queen and Philip a stocking each, containing a dog’s lead for the Queen and a blue and white Wedgwood ashtray for Philip, which caused amusement as it had his wife’s head on it.

According to Mrs Stevenson, Philip enjoyed playing in the pool and tried several times to get on the lilo.


From Factual Fiction THE QUEEN UNSEEN Thursday 8th April 2021 on ITV Pictured: A young Queen filming with a Cine Camera at the outdoor swimming pool on Christmas Day 1953 In a rare and unseen private home movie, we get a glimpse of the young Queen off duty. Taking a short break from the gruelling tour, the royal couple stayed with New Zealand?s Governor General, Sir Willougby Norrie, whose wife filmed the visit which took place over Christmas in 1953. His daughter Sarah Stephenson, was 10 at the time and recalls the excitement of The Queen?s stay: ?There were lots of presents for Prince Charles and Princess Anne, who were very young and were at home in England, so it must have been very difficult for The Queen and the Duke to leave their children behind for such a long trip. ?There was one time when my sister and I were taking our dogs for a walk, and The Queen said she wished she could come with us.? The Queen is the most famous woman in the world, yet as she reaches her 95th birthday she remains an enigma. In this unique film, we lift the mask of royalty to reveal the remarkable woman behind the throne. To learn more about the hidden private Elizabeth Windsor, who has sacrificed so much for crown and duty and discover how she has coped with increasing public demands to reveal every aspect of her private self. Using unseen home movies, intimate informal archive and recently digitised ?lost? material from some of the 116 countries she has visited, we?ll uncover the real Elizabeth Windsor. In rare off-duty moments we?ll discover The Queen on holiday, as a mother, wife, cook, animal lover, farmer, and expert horsewoman. This remarkable footage shows her true passions and some of the unlikely, unknown friendships she has forged away from the public eye. (c) Factual Fiction. For further information please contact Peter Gray 07831 460 662 peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is ? Factual Fiction and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme. THE QUEEN UNSEEN or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
Sir Willoughby’s daughter said i was ‘terribly exciting’ to have the Queen come to stay (Picture: ITV/Factual Fiction)

The Queen at Windsor Castle in 1992 with a cow called Elizabeth
The Queen at Windsor Castle in 1992 with a cow called Elizabeth (Picture: ITV/ Factual Fiction)

From Factual Fiction THE QUEEN UNSEEN Thursday 8th April 2021 on ITV Pictured: A young Queen filming with a Cine Camera at the outdoor swimming pool on Christmas Day 1953 In a rare and unseen private home movie, we get a glimpse of the young Queen off duty. Taking a short break from the gruelling tour, the royal couple stayed with New Zealand?s Governor General, Sir Willougby Norrie, whose wife filmed the visit which took place over Christmas in 1953. His daughter Sarah Stephenson, was 10 at the time and recalls the excitement of The Queen?s stay: ?There were lots of presents for Prince Charles and Princess Anne, who were very young and were at home in England, so it must have been very difficult for The Queen and the Duke to leave their children behind for such a long trip. ?There was one time when my sister and I were taking our dogs for a walk, and The Queen said she wished she could come with us.? The Queen is the most famous woman in the world, yet as she reaches her 95th birthday she remains an enigma. In this unique film, we lift the mask of royalty to reveal the remarkable woman behind the throne. To learn more about the hidden private Elizabeth Windsor, who has sacrificed so much for crown and duty and discover how she has coped with increasing public demands to reveal every aspect of her private self. Using unseen home movies, intimate informal archive and recently digitised ?lost? material from some of the 116 countries she has visited, we?ll uncover the real Elizabeth Windsor. In rare off-duty moments we?ll discover The Queen on holiday, as a mother, wife, cook, animal lover, farmer, and expert horsewoman. This remarkable footage shows her true passions and some of the unlikely, unknown friendships she has forged away from the public eye. (c) Factual Fiction. For further information please contact Peter Gray 07831 460 662 peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is ? Factual Fiction and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme. THE QUEEN UNSEEN or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
A young Queen Elizabeth at the house of Governor General of New Zealand, Sir Willoughby Norrie on Christmas Day in 1953 (Picture: ITV/ Factual Fiction)

The Queen, mindful of her public image, didn’t join in, but happily watched from the patio with a video camera in hand.

In one picture, a young Queen can be seen wearing a summer dress with yellow stripes, her hair curled and pinned back neatly, wearing stylish gold rimmed sunglasses and holding a Cine Camera.

The documentary will also include the first colour images taken of the Queen during a tour in Canada in 1951, when the monarch and her husband took a traditional sleigh ride.

Filmed in colour for a movie called Royal Journey, it was the first colour feature film made in Canada


From Factual Fiction THE QUEEN UNSEEN Thursday 8th April 2021 on ITV Pictured: Queen with Prince Andrew as a baby at Balmoral in 1960 The Queen with 7- month old Prince Andrew, in some of the first pictures in colour taken of the young Prince. With the arrival of her third child, the Queen spent more time with her family. The Queen is the most famous woman in the world, yet as she reaches her 95th birthday she remains an enigma. In this unique film, we lift the mask of royalty to reveal the remarkable woman behind the throne. To learn more about the hidden private Elizabeth Windsor, who has sacrificed so much for crown and duty and discover how she has coped with increasing public demands to reveal every aspect of her private self. Using unseen home movies, intimate informal archive and recently digitised ?lost? material from some of the 116 countries she has visited, we?ll uncover the real Elizabeth Windsor. In rare off-duty moments we?ll discover The Queen on holiday, as a mother, wife, cook, animal lover, farmer, and expert horsewoman. This remarkable footage shows her true passions and some of the unlikely, unknown friendships she has forged away from the public eye. (c) Factual Fiction. For further information please contact Peter Gray 07831 460 662 peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is ? Factual Fiction and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme. THE QUEEN UNSEEN or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
The Queen with Prince Andrew as a baby at Balmoral in 1960 (Picture: ITV/Factual Fiction)

From Factual Fiction THE QUEEN UNSEEN Thursday 1st April 2021 on ITV Pictured: A young Queen with horses while on a Canadian Tour in 1951: The Queen and Prince Philip took a traditional sleigh ride filmed in colour for a movie called Royal Journey ? the first colour feature film made in Canada. Rushes had to be flown to New York to be developed. The Queen is the most famous woman in the world, yet as she reaches her 95th birthday she remains an enigma. In this unique film, we lift the mask of royalty to reveal the remarkable woman behind the throne. To learn more about the hidden private Elizabeth Windsor, who has sacrificed so much for crown and duty and discover how she has coped with increasing public demands to reveal every aspect of her private self. Using unseen home movies, intimate informal archive and recently digitised ?lost? material from some of the 116 countries she has visited, we?ll uncover the real Elizabeth Windsor. In rare off-duty moments we?ll discover The Queen on holiday, as a mother, wife, cook, animal lover, farmer, and expert horsewoman. This remarkable footage shows her true passions and some of the unlikely, unknown friendships she has forged away from the public eye. (c) Factual Fiction. For further information please contact Peter Gray 07831 460 662 peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is ? Factual Fiction and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme. THE QUEEN UNSEEN or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
The Queen and Prince Philip took a traditional sleigh ride filmed in colour for a movie called Royal Journey (Picture: ITV/ Factual Fiction)

From Factual Fiction THE QUEEN UNSEEN Thursday 8th April 2021 on ITV Pictured: Queen in red dress at the back of the train in New Zealand 1953 During the Queen's visit to New Zealand, the Royal Train ? complete with feather beds ? became home from home for the royal couple - taking them to 110 functions in 46 towns and cities. Part of a gruelling six-month tour of the Commonwealth soon after the Coronation. The Queen is the most famous woman in the world, yet as she reaches her 95th birthday she remains an enigma. In this unique film, we lift the mask of royalty to reveal the remarkable woman behind the throne. To learn more about the hidden private Elizabeth Windsor, who has sacrificed so much for crown and duty and discover how she has coped with increasing public demands to reveal every aspect of her private self. Using unseen home movies, intimate informal archive and recently digitised ?lost? material from some of the 116 countries she has visited, we?ll uncover the real Elizabeth Windsor. In rare off-duty moments we?ll discover The Queen on holiday, as a mother, wife, cook, animal lover, farmer, and expert horsewoman. This remarkable footage shows her true passions and some of the unlikely, unknown friendships she has forged away from the public eye. (c) Factual Fiction. For further information please contact Peter Gray 07831 460 662 peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is ? Factual Fiction and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme. THE QUEEN UNSEEN or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
The Queen in a red dress at the back of the train in New Zealand 1953 (Picure: ITV/Factual Fiction)

The Queen Unseen will also include footage of her first trip to a communist country to meet with then President Tito in Belgrade in 1972.

Another shot shows the Queen with seven-month-old Prince Andrew as a baby at Balmoral in 1960.

The documentary also highlights the Queen’s 40-year friendship with New Zealand dairy farmer Don Ferguson, with whom she co-owned a herd of Jersey cows after meeting him at an agricultural show in 1975.

The documentary hopes to paint a clearer picture of the Queen, who has managed to remain enigmatic throughout her life despite being one of the most recognisable people in the world.

The Queen Unseen will air on ITV, Thursday April 8, at 9pm.

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