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Royal Memories: Prince Charles’ Tribute to the Queen

Airs Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The Prince of Wales with the box of The Queen's cine films is in the Library at Balmoral.

In this touching, personal film, Charles, Prince of Wales reflects on Her Majesty’s 60-year reign — both as the nation’s queen and as his mother.

Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the sand at Holkham Beach, summer 1957.
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Above: Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the sand at Holkham Beach, summer 1957.

The Queen in the Principal Corridor at Buckingham Palace on Coronation Day, June 2, 1953, accompanied by Prince Charles.
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Above: The Queen in the Principal Corridor at Buckingham Palace on Coronation Day, June 2, 1953, accompanied by Prince Charles.

Prince Charles introducing his mother, The Queen, to his school teachers and fellow pupils at Sports Day, Hill House School, West London, summer 1957.
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Above: Prince Charles introducing his mother, The Queen, to his school teachers and fellow pupils at Sports Day, Hill House School, West London, summer 1957.

Providing a rare glimpse of the everyday private life of the royal family, Prince Charles narrates the documentary, adding his own insight and commentary to archival newsreels, never-before-seen home movies and previously unseen photographs from Her Majesty’s private collection.

Included in the program is footage of a young Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne on a family holiday — filmed by Queen Elizabeth herself.

“'Royal Memories: Prince Charles' Tribute to the Queen' is a captivating documentary that gives viewers the extraordinary opportunity to see the royal family through the eyes of an insider,” said John Wilson, senior vice president & chief TV programming executive for PBS. “The unique commentary offered by the Prince of Wales makes this film about Queen Elizabeth unlike any other.”

"Royal Memories: Prince Charles' Tribute to the Queen" includes exclusive camera footage taken behind the scenes on Coronation day at Buckingham Palace, and clips of the family on board the Britannia, at the royal residence of Windsor Castle in Berkshire and on holiday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The result is a documentary that depicts Queen Elizabeth in her dual role as the Queen of England and as a loving mother, providing an unprecedented glimpse of the private life of the royal family throughout the monarch’s six-decade reign.

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Above: Prince Charles shares memories and recalls events from Queen Elizabeth’s public and private life, adding his own commentary and insights. Previously unseen photographs and films from Her Majesty’s private collection — many of them shot by the queen herself — capture royal family life.

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