ARCHIVES – THE british ROYAL FAMILY, SARAH FERGUSON, PRINCE ANDREW, PRINCESS MARGARET, THE QUEEN MOTHER ELIZABETH, THE LITTLE CHILDREN, THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II, PRINCE PHILIP the DUKE OF EDINBURGH, PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY, PRINCE CHARLES OF ENGLAND AND PRINCESS DIANA on THE BALCONY DURING THE CEREMONY OF the TROOPING COLOUR IN 1986
By Pauline Laforgue
In 1969 to improve the image of his family, Elizabeth II had authorized the filming of a documentary on his daily life, in which appeared including his older children, Charles and Anne, and her husband prince Philip. But its spreading is now forbidden.
This is a documentary in which she no longer wants to hear about it. In 1969, when the royal family was undergoing a crisis and that the respect for the Windsor was frayed, Elizabeth II has decided to improve its image and that of his family by authorising to be followed for a year in his daily life, for the realization of a documentary : the Royal Family. A vast operation of communication for the queen, who then suffering from its image as a sovereign cold and cut off from the realities, acquired, among others, for its slowness to react to the disaster in the welsh village of Aberfan in October 1966 when 116 children and 28 adults were buried under the rubble of a coal mine.
Leaving film and television, with its older children, Charles and Anne, and her husband prince Philip, Elizabeth II has sought to give a new image of itself to the British, far from the protocol and pageantry. “We were all fascinated by it, remembered Paul Moorhouse, who was 12 years old at the time, with the World. You could see the queen to tell jokes, organise a barbecue, playing with his children…” But if at the time this documentary was a piece very useful to her, now, its broadcast is prohibited.
“It is a film of its time”
If two extracts of the Royal Family remain available on the platform Youtube, Buckingham Palace has exclusive rights to this documentary, and does not account for the out a day in the closet. “This is a film of its time, blew even in 2015, a spokesperson for the royal palace in the World. The British Film Institute retains a copy, padlocked double tour, while the BBC, which manages the rights of this documentary for the royal family, refuses to disclose, even in private to its journalists.
Yet in the Royal Family, nothing scandalous : just the daily life ofElizabeth II that is seen preparing to eat, tell a few jokes or even, a stroll to Balmoral. But now, this documentary is taboo. And this, because it is going to somewhat go against the monarch. If the British are going to be captivated by the Royal Family, which will be even programmed the four time in six months in 1969, and will replace even the traditional Christmas greeting to the queen, it will make the image more disconnected from the royal family. But worse still, the Royal Family will make the queen more sympathetic and human in the eyes of others, taking apart the “myth” that surrounds it. And that, very little to Elizabeth II…
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