Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

‘The Queen was a babe’: Sir Paul McCartney says he ‘grew up loving the monarch’ in new documentary to be released on Amazon Prime for Jubilee celebrations showcasing ‘glamorous’ monarch as an ‘uber-princess’

  • ‘Affectionate’ documentary Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts set to air from June 3
  • Film uses archive footage to show a side to the Queen that the public rarely sees 
  • Will be released to coincide with the national Platinum Jubilee celebrations  
  • A new trailer for the film sees Sir Paul McCartney describing Queen as ‘a babe’


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A ‘mischievous, witty and affectionate’ documentary about the life and times of the Queen is to air to coincide with the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Elizabeth: A Portrait In Parts uses archive footage to show a side to the Queen, 95, that the public rarely gets to see and explores her glamorous role as the ‘uber-princess’.

It will be screened in cinemas and on Amazon Prime Video from June 3 to coincide with the national Platinum Jubilee festivities.

The newly released trailer features singer Sir Paul McCartney saying: ‘We grew up loving the Queen. To us teenagers, she was a babe.’ 

A 'mischievous, witty and affectionate' documentary Elizabeth: A Portrait In Parts about the life and times of the Queen is to air to coincide with the monarch's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

A 'mischievous, witty and affectionate' documentary Elizabeth: A Portrait In Parts about the life and times of the Queen is to air to coincide with the monarch's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

A ‘mischievous, witty and affectionate’ documentary Elizabeth: A Portrait In Parts about the life and times of the Queen is to air to coincide with the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

It will be screened in cinemas and on Amazon Prime Video from June 3 to coincide with the national Platinum Jubilee festivities

It will be screened in cinemas and on Amazon Prime Video from June 3 to coincide with the national Platinum Jubilee festivities

It will be screened in cinemas and on Amazon Prime Video from June 3 to coincide with the national Platinum Jubilee festivities

It also shows a jubilant Queen shouting and cheering on horses at the races, a young Princess Elizabeth in her 20s playing tag with midshipmen onboard HMS Vanguard, and the monarch steadying her horse after blank shots were fired at her during Trooping the Colour in 1981. 

Elsewhere the Queen can be heard speaking of her role, saying: ‘ It was all a very sudden kind of taking on.

‘It’s a question of maturing into something that one’s used to doing and accepting the fact that here you are, and it’s your fate.’

In another clip, the Queen gives a young Princess Eugenie a telling off after she accidentally stood on her foot. 

The film uses archive footage to show a side to the Queen that the public rarely gets to see and explores her glamorous role as the 'uber-princess' (pictured)

The film uses archive footage to show a side to the Queen that the public rarely gets to see and explores her glamorous role as the 'uber-princess' (pictured)

The film uses archive footage to show a side to the Queen that the public rarely gets to see and explores her glamorous role as the ‘uber-princess’ (pictured)  

In the clip from BBC documentary ‘Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen’, which aired in 1992, Her Majesty, then 66, can be heard yelping out in pain as Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York’s daughter’s takes a step back. 

As the monarch tries to help Princess Beatrice, then four, mount a pony, Princess Eugenie, then two, can be seem aimlessly walking around in her t-shirt and dungarees before stopping in front of her grandmother.

The monarch then shouts ‘ow,’ before moving the youngster forward and declaring: ‘That’s my foot you’re standing on.’

Speaking of the film, producer Kevin Loader said: ‘She was so glamorous. She was a babe as Sir Paul says … there are sequences in the film comparing the fact that they used Elizabeth’s look back then for Audrey Hepburn.

The newly released trailer features singer Sir Paul McCartney saying he felt the Queen was 'a babe' while he was growing up

The newly released trailer features singer Sir Paul McCartney saying he felt the Queen was 'a babe' while he was growing up

The newly released trailer features singer Sir Paul McCartney saying he felt the Queen was ‘a babe’ while he was growing up 

Among the clips in the film is one showing the Queen steadying her horse after blank shots were fired at her during Trooping the Colour in 1981 (pictured)

Among the clips in the film is one showing the Queen steadying her horse after blank shots were fired at her during Trooping the Colour in 1981 (pictured)

Among the clips in the film is one showing the Queen steadying her horse after blank shots were fired at her during Trooping the Colour in 1981 (pictured) 

‘There was a sense that she was the uber-princess – the princess and then the queen that was the inspiration for all those archetypes.’

The documentary was directed by the late Roger Michell, best known for the hit movie Notting Hill. 

He died in September just as the film was being completed.

Mr Loader told BBC Breakfast: ‘He (Roger Michell) had a very clear vision and he’d always wanted to make a documentary about the Queen that would be mischievous and witty and affectionate and warm and surprising, and for everybody, all ages to watch.’ 

In another clip, the Queen gives a young Princess Eugenie a telling off after she accidentally stood on her foot while Prince William and Beatrice watch on (pictured)

In another clip, the Queen gives a young Princess Eugenie a telling off after she accidentally stood on her foot while Prince William and Beatrice watch on (pictured)

In another clip, the Queen gives a young Princess Eugenie a telling off after she accidentally stood on her foot while Prince William and Beatrice watch on (pictured) 

He added: ‘I hope there’s some wit and mischief in it, but it’s all done in the spirit of huge admiration and affection for Her Majesty.’

The film draws from more than 500 different archive sources including the 1992 Elizabeth R documentary and the Queen at 90 programmes. 

The Queen is set to reach 70 years on the throne on her Accession Day this Sunday, when she will become the first British monarch ever to mark a Platinum Jubilee. 

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