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A touching insight into the Queen's family life; today's tv With Sara Wallis.

PICK OF THE DAY ELIZABETH AT 90 BBC1, 9pm CONSIDERING Elizabeth has been our Queen for 64 years, we know surprisingly little about her. In an age of celebrity and fame-seeking, our monarch has remained firmly private, dignity intact.

No tell-all interviews with Piers Morgan, or cosying up to Lorraine on a morning chat show sofa with a mug of tea. Thank goodness.

But this makes it all the more fascinating every time a documentary comes out about the Royal Family - we're desperate to get hold of any titbits of insight into their personal lives. A photo of little Prince George picking his nose (heaven forbid) would keep us all amused for days.

So in honour of Elizabeth turning 90 today, we are being treated to this unique celebration of her nine decades on earth. And all narrated by her son Prince Charles, no less.

And while no film of the Queen has ever produced a shocking revelation or embarrassing anecdote, this collection of her private home videos provides a charming narrative of her long and eventful life.

Film-maker John Bridcut has been granted access to the complete collection of Her Majesty's personal cine films, shot by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen herself, as well as by her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Most of the footage has never been seen before. Plus there are some Royal chats with the likes of Prince William, Prince Harry, Anne The Princess Royal and Edward The Duke of Kent.

"I have found the personal insight into their family life very touching," says Bridcut. "The Queen is someone we all know well, while at the same time we scarcely know her at all - but these private films give an extra dimension to our understanding of this remarkable woman."

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Queen Elizabeth II, above, and filming a young Prince Charles, right

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 21, 2016
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