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A ‘Banned’ Documentary About the British Royal Family Resurfaces on YouTube Half a Century Later

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A YouTube user uploaded the full movie on the platform. However, the documentary was removed from the portal due to “a copyright claim” by the BBC. The film shows the more human side of British royalty and looks more like an episode from the popular series ‘The Crown’.

The BBC documentary, released in 1969, focuses on the daily life of the royal family. In particular, it shows some of the most intimate moments: thus, in one of the scenes, you can see how Prince Philip of Edinburgh prepares an outdoor barbecue with his children. And at another time, the little ones enjoy a sunny winter day throwing snowballs. The film also shows how the queen buys ice cream in a store.

The film, based on almost 43 hours of filming, was so popular in its day – seen by more than 30 million people from all corners of the country.

Since then, the documentary remained in the archives of the British chain, supposedly at the request of the royal family. According to the British outlet The Times, “the queen regretted giving the BBC backstage access and asked that it not be broadcast again.” However, a shortened version of the tape, just three minutes long, was available on YouTube.

In January, a user uploaded the full film on the platform. However, the documentary was removed from the portal due to “a copyright claim” by the BBC. So far, several virtual copies of the documentary are available on different YouTube accounts.

Interest in the unusual documentary resurfaced after it was mentioned in one of the recent episodes of the popular Netflix series The Crown.

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