Extraordinary images have revealed the coronation of King George VI and children's videos of his daughter Elizabeth – the future queen – for the first time.
The fascinating clips include some that were taken shortly after George moved to Buckingham Palace in London in 1937 and showed him as a happy family man after he became king.
Cameras film the family, including his wife Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and their daughters Princess Margaret, then six, and Princess Elizabeth, then ten.
Princess Margaret, then six, and Princess Elizabeth (opposite the camera), then ten, play ball games together in 1937 at Buckingham Palace in London
King George VI is filmed with his wife Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and their daughters Margaret and Elizabeth, the last of whom was his heir and is now Queen Elizabeth II
The series reveals the earliest known original color images of the queen, then Princess Elizabeth, who played in a Piccadilly garden in London with her sister Princess Margaret
The kids watch ducks feed and play with a ball in the video & # 39; s from the new documentary Britain In Color starting tonight on the Smithsonian Channel.
George, known as the & # 39; reluctant king & # 39; after being crowned after the abdication of his brother Edward VIII, his family named & # 39; Our Four & # 39; because they were so close.
Although he was known for his stammering and being unprepared, George had the advantage over Edward of a happy family life – as shown to the public in the video.
Beautiful videos of the coronation show the ceremony at Westminster Abbey in May 1937 – and the huge crowd gathered in front of a carriage procession outside.
A month after the coronation, Edward VIII controversially married the American Socialite divorced Wallis Simpson in the castle of Candé in Monts, France.
The children watch ducks feed and play with a ball in the video at Buckingham Palace
George VI had the advantage over his brother Edward VIII of a happy family life – as shown to the public in the video that was filmed shortly after they moved to Buckingham Palace
The family feeds the ducks at Buckingham Palace shortly after moving into the residence
It brought the monarchy into a crisis because the Church of England at that time did not allow divorced people to marry, and Edward was the Head of the Church.
When Edward chose his love for Wallis over the Crown, George called them the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, but refused her the title of Her Royal Highness.
This meant that Wallis, who wore a special kind of blue at her wedding by her tailor named Wallis Blue, was not officially recognized as a member of the Royal Family.
No member of the royal family attended the ceremony, which came into a context of political tension two years before World War II began.
A colored video of the coronation of George VI at Westminster Abbey in May 1937
George VI was known as the & # 39; reluctant king & # 39; after he was crowned after the abdication of his brother Edward VIII
The crown is placed on the head of George VI during the ceremony at Westminster Abbey
Huge crowds gathered for a carriage procession outside of Westminster Abbey in May 1937
The damaged public view of Edward fell further that year when he defied government advice to go on a semi-officially un sanctioned visit to Nazi Germany.
Video shows Robert Ley, one of Adolf Hitler's inner circle who led the German Labor Front from 1933 to 1945 and met the couple at a train station in Berlin.
The couple attended a concert and inspected a team of SS Stormtroopers, with a photo showing how Hitler even invited them to his private retreat in the mountains.
The trip was a huge shame for the royal family and government, and Edward was never able to shake off allegations that he was a Nazi sympathizer.
Huge crowds gather outside the Westminster abbey in 1937 for the carriage procession
The carriage is driven through the streets of London, while the benefactors watch in 1937
George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
The procession finds its way across Trafalgar Square after the ceremony in London in 1937
However, during the war George grew in popularity when he chose to stay with his subjects in London, while bombs rained on the capital in the Blitz.
George died of ill health in 1952 and left his daughter Elizabeth, 25, as queen in a spell that has seen her become Britain's longest reigning monarch.
The coronation of the young, glamorous monarch in 1953 heralded a new optimistic era after a ceremony that was first broadcast live in the world.
The new documentary also features stunning color video made of the earliest existing images of Queen Victoria.
Another royal feature in Britain in color is Edward VIII, who brings the monarchy into a crisis when he decides to marry the married American Wallis Simpson in 1937
Edward and Wallis Simpson attended a concert and inspected a team of SS Stormtroopers, with a photo showing how Hitler even invited them to his private retreat in the mountains
The damaged public view of Edward VIII dropped further that year when he defied government advice to go on a semi-officially non-sanctioned visit to Nazi Germany
Video shows Robert Ley, one of Adolf Hitler's inner circle who led the German Labor Front from 1933 to 1945 and met Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson at a train station in Berlin
The series also reveals the earliest known original color images of the queen, then Princess Elizabeth, who played with her sister Margaret in a Piccadilly garden in London.
The three-part series, starting tonight at 8 p.m., will also look at the British Empire and Winston Churchill in his later episodes.
Episode One on Royalty offers a glimpse of the royal family about 120 years ago, including the uniformed procession at Queen Victoria's funeral in 1901.
Despite her death in 1861, Victoria continued to mourn her husband Prince Albert and shut herself off from the world – making the monarchy unpopular at the time.
The new series Britain In Color contains the earliest known images of Victoria – which at the end of her reign was seen as distant and remote – driven in a carriage
Victoria's footage dates from shortly before her death in 1901. Despite her death in 1861, she continued to mourn her husband Albert and shut herself off from the world.
Victoria & # 39; s son Edward VII (photo) then succeeded in 1901 and realized the importance of the theater and the spectacle of royalties to endear the prince to their subjects.
Her son Edward VII then succeeded in 1901 and realized the importance of the theater and the spectacle of royalties to make the prince loved by their subjects.
The documentary looks at his short reign of just nine years, before his son George V sent the monarchy through the First World War from 1914 to 1918.
When Britain was at war with Germany, it was ruled by George's first cousin, Kaiser Wilhelm II – and George therefore decided to break his German roots.
In the midst of anti-German sentiment, he changed the surname of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the more British-sounding House of Windsor, which still has it today.
Princess Elizabeth gives a speech on her 21st birthday in April 1947. In it she said: & I declare for you that my whole life whether it will be long or short will be devoted to your service & # 39 ;.
Elizabeth portrayed with Prince Philip, took over the Duke of Edinburgh when, at the age of 25, Queen saw her becoming the longest reigning monarch in Britain in a spell
The program, told by Stephen Mangan, evokes memories of the First World War documentary They Shall Not Grow Old released in November 2018
Smithsonian said: “Today, the royal family is one of Britain's most beloved institutions, but in the early 20th century they must fight for their popularity and survival.
& # 39; Rare film, first seen in color, tells the story of how House of Windsor almost fell and how they brought the monarchy back from a disaster. & # 39;
The program, told by Stephen Mangan, evokes memories of the First World Wart documentary They Shall Not Grow Old released in November 2018.
Filmmaker Peter Jackson's work colored front line archive images and used lip readers to determine what the soldiers said in the trenches.
Britain In Color is a new three-part series that will be broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel this evening at 8 p.m. (Freeview 99, Freesat 175, Sky 195 and Virgin Media 295)
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