Unseen private scenes of a young Queen and Prince Philip larking around in home video footage

8 April 2021, 13:13 | Updated: 12 April 2021, 10:47

New unseen footage of the pair relaxing in New Zealand on Christmas day just months after the Queen's coronation gives an incredible insight into the monarch's private life.
New unseen footage of the pair relaxing in New Zealand on Christmas day just months after the Queen's coronation gives an incredible insight into the monarch's private life. Picture: ITV/Factual Fiction

By Giorgina Hamilton

Unseen footage of the Queen and Prince Philip relaxing in a home video will air in a documentary tonight (April 8) ahead of Elizabeth II's 95th birthday celebrations on April 21.

Back in 1953, the Queen and Prince Philip were a young recently married couple just like any other.

New unseen footage of the pair relaxing in New Zealand on Christmas day just months after the Queen's coronation gives an incredible insight into the monarch's private life.

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Filmed at the home of New Zealand Governor-General at the time, Sir Willoughby Norrie, and shot by his wife Patricia, the never-before-seen footage will be aired tonight (April 8) as part of an ITV documentary exploring the Queen's life.

Back in 1953, The Queen and Prince Philip were a young recently married couple just like any other. Pictured, Prince Philip in the pool in New Zealand in 1953
Back in 1953, The Queen and Prince Philip were a young recently married couple just like any other. Pictured, Prince Philip in the pool in New Zealand in 1953. Picture: ITV/Factual Fiction
The Queen and Prince Philip talk by the pool at the home of at the home of New Zealand's Governor-General, Sir Willoughby Norrie
The Queen and Prince Philip talk by the pool at the home of at the home of New Zealand's Governor-General, Sir Willoughby Norrie. Picture: ITV/Factual Fiction
The never-before-seen footage of the Queen will be aired as part of an ITV documentary exploring the Queen's life.
The never-before-seen footage of the Queen will be aired as part of an ITV documentary exploring the Queen's life. Picture: ITV/Factual Fiction

The couple’s daughter, Sarah Stevenson, remembered it was "terribly exciting" to have the royals at their home over Christmas.

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Sarah remembers Sir Willoughby and his wife Norrie gave Prince Philip and his wife stockings with amusing presents inside.

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The Queen received a dog lead and Philip was given a Wedgwood ashtray his wife’s head on it, which caused great amusement.

The couple’s daughter, Sarah Stevenson, remembered it was "terribly exciting" to have the royals at their home over Christmas.
The couple’s daughter, Sarah Stevenson, remembered it was "terribly exciting" to have the royals at their home over Christmas. Picture: ITV/Factual Fiction
The documentary The Queen Unseen will also include the first colour footage of the monarch tour in Canada in 1951, when she and Philip took a traditional sleigh ride (pictured).
The documentary The Queen Unseen will also include the first colour footage of the monarch tour in Canada in 1951, when she and Philip took a traditional sleigh ride (pictured). Picture: ITV/Factual Fiction
Unseen photos and footage of the Queen, including this photo of Elizabeth II holding Prince Andrew at Balmoral in 1960, will be aired in the ITV documentary.
Unseen photos and footage of the Queen, including this photo of Elizabeth II holding Prince Andrew at Balmoral in 1960, will be aired in the ITV documentary. Picture: ITV/Factual Fiction

The documentary The Queen Unseen will also include the first colour footage of the monarch tour in Canada in 1951, when she and Philip took a traditional sleigh ride.

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Other footage will include the Queen's visit with President Tito in Belgrade in 1972, her first ever trip to a communist country and photos of the Queen with a young Prince Andrew at Balmoral in 1960.

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