In Love With Elizabeth

In Love With Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was the nation’s favourite grandmother. But little of her childhood and early life has been documented – until now. In this unique and intimate portrait, the young Elizabeth Bowes Lyon emerges as a lively, strong willed and accomplished young woman. At 19 she had so many suitors she didn’t know which way to turn. In this remarkable documentary, personal testimony is combined with rare archive film, photographs and letters to create a unique insight into an extraordinary woman who followed her heart, married a Prince and by an unexpected twist of fate, became Queen.

Produced by

Beryl Vertue

Written by

Michael Davies

Directed by

Michael Davies



First transmitted

December 1998 and repeated August 2000 to mark the Queen Mother's 100th Birthday


60 mins

Press comments

“This beautifully assembled scrapbook of pre-war memories is a delight.” The Daily Mail

“An affectionate and powerfully nostalgic account of the childhood and early adult life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.” The Daily Telegraph


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