COI Collection Volume 7: The Queen on Tour (2 disc DVD set)
Volume Seven of the COI Collection, The Queen on Tour, celebrates the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. As Whitehall's publicity agency, the COI - with unprecedented access to the royals - was the natural choice to produce offical records of royal tours and state visits. In addition, it commissioned and supervised a variety of retrospectives on the Queen and her family.
Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne during a time of unparalleled change, both at home and abroad. Yet, despite the turbulent backdrop against which many royal tours and state visits were filmed, the onscreen images here maintain a diplomatic serenity; it was, and still is, the Queen's (and the COI's) job to cultivate strong relationships in a post-colonial world.
Highlights of the collection include: Royal Destiny (1953), a look at the Queen's early life, made in the year of her coronation;The Queen's State Visit to Iran (1961), a fascinating film of the royal visit to Iran eight years after a British and American-backed coup installed the Shah; Sierra Leone Greets the Queen (1962), a colourful record of the Queen's visit in the year of independence; Britain Welcomes the Emperor and Empress of Japan (1971), marking the controversial state visit from Emperor Hirohito and his wife
UK / 1953-1971 / black and white and colour / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / DVD-9 x 2 / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
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