Beautiful color video was produced from the earliest existing images of Queen Victoria as part of a series that brings archival fragments of the royal family to life.
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.
Another royal feature in Britain in color is Edward VIII, who brought the monarchy into a crisis when he decided in 1937 to marry the married American Wallis Simpson.
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.
The three-part series, which starts tomorrow at 8 pm on the Smithsonian Channel, 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.
The program also contains the earliest known images of Victoria – who was seen as distant and remote at the end of her reign – driven into a carriage.
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.
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.
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.
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
Margaret and Elizabeth are portrayed as children with their parents Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and George VI, in the new series starting tomorrow on Smithsonian Channel
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.
The series then looks at how George & # 39; s heir Edward VIII caused a constitutional crisis when he decided to marry his American married mistress Wallis Simpson.
The Church of England did not allow divorced people to marry at the time, and Edward was the head of the church – but he chose his love for her over the crown.
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
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
The role of king was then left to his younger brother, the shy, stammering and reserved George VI, to rule Britain and the empire.
Britain celebrates the coronation of George VI in 1936, but he was seen as an unpopular king, few of whom believed he would succeed in his new role.
During the Second World War, however, he grew in popularity when he chose to stay with his subjects in London because bombs rained on the capital in the Blitz.
George VI 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 three-part series, starting tomorrow at 8 p.m. on the Smithsonian Channel, will also look at the British Empire and Winston Churchill in its later episodes.
The program, told by Stephen Mangan, evokes memories of the First World Wart 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 from 8 p.m. tomorrow (Freeview 99, Freesat 175, Sky 195 and Virgin Media 295)
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