Originally aired as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth ll, Elizabeth the Unseen Queen is a fascinating and emotional look at the life of the Queen from babe in arms through to her reign as Monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. The documentary follows rare private moments from the Queen’s life, including her engagement at Balmoral and behind the scenes footage of her first tour abroad with her family.
But it is more than just a documentation of this beloved ruler’s life and the times that she grew up in, it also shows footage that may not have been seen before of the Queens parents, and grandparents during their respective reigns. The most poignant and emotive ingredient is that the Queen herself narrates the proceedings. It’s a rare opportunity to be able to hear the Queen speaking about her upbringing.
Conveying her personal thoughts as they accompany some amazing pictures and footage which show the private and official moments of Royal life. It is I suppose like a fly on the wall account of the day-to-day goings on within the royal family, and a fascinating insight into how the Queen became the Monarch and her deep and heartfelt love of her family and the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, plus we see her beautiful smile that seemed to be able to light up the darkest of times.
One can clearly see how close a family they were, and how the closeness of that family and the love expressed shaped the young Princess Elizabeth into the person that became Queen and dedicated her entire life to serving her people. It was also a testament to the fact that the royal family were always keen to film the things they did as a family, and in turn again shows how dedicated and loving they all were and still are. The images are aided greatly by the musical score, which was composed by David Schweitzer, his beautiful, heart-warming compositions play almost continuously lending support to the emotive, poignant, and highly affecting film.
As I watched for the first time back in June 2022, I did wonder if the eloquent and beguiling soundtrack would be released, alas it has not yet come to fruition, but maybe it will one day. The documentary directed by Simon Finch along with its haunting and pleasing score is even more precious now that Her Majesty has passed, leaving a void that will never be filled and a population of millions wondering what the future will bring.
The film is awash with subtle, elegant, and at times powerful musical passages and interludes, and has to it a typically English sound a sound that befits a Monarch. The composer underlining, punctuating, and enhancing so many moments that are charming and touching, with equally enchanting and sensitive compositions.
This is a documentary that no matter when viewed can never be watched without shedding tears of both sorrow and joy. At the moment there are no plans to release the score, which I personally think is a mistake, this is an enormously important documentary, and the music I feel becomes part of its heart and its soul. It is a score that should be released, a score that everyone should own, maybe we should write to the BBC and tell them that?