Footage from Queen and Philip's honeymoon appears in full colour

Moments from the Queen and Prince Philip’s engagement announcement and their honeymoon at Broadlands in 1947 appear in full colour for the first time in new documentary

  • ITV documentary on Prince Philip is sharing colourised clips of the royal couple 
  • Philip: Prince, Husband, Father, which airs at 9pm, offers glimpse into his life
  • One clip shows Her Majesty and Philip after announcing their engagement 

Moments from the Queen and Prince Philip’s engagement announcement and later their honeymoon is appearing in full colour for the first time in a new documentary.

ITV’s Philip: Prince, Husband, Father, which is due to air at 9pm, is sharing colourised clips of the royal couple as newlyweds, while offering an intimate glimpse into life as the Queen’s husband.

One video shows Her Majesty, then 21, and the Duke of Edinburgh, aged 26, on a balcony in Buckingham Palace on July 9, 1947, after announcing their engagement. 

The royal couple are all smiles as they pose for photographs, with the Queen sporting a light pink ensemble with her signature pearls, while Philip wears a uniform.

In another colourised clip, the monarch and her husband are seen walking in the grounds of Broadlands in Hampshire, during their honeymoon on November 24, 1947. 


Moments from the Queen and Prince Philip’s engagement announcement and later their honeymoon is appearing in full colour for the first time in a new documentary. Pictured left to right, the engagement announcement image in black and white, then in colour


In one colourised clip, the monarch and her husband are seen walking in the grounds of Broadlands in Hampshire, during their honeymoon on November 24, 1947. Pictured left, the image in black and white, and right, in colour

ITV’s Philip: Prince, Husband, Father, which is due to air at 9pm, is sharing colourised clips of the royal couple as newlyweds (pictured), while offering an intimate glimpse into life as the Queen’s husband

Looking effortlessly elegant, the Queen opts for a blue dress with a brown blazer, while Philip appears equally charming in a grey suit teamed with a yellow tie.

In other colourised footage, the Duke of Edinburgh is seen touring the commonwealth following the Queen’s succession to the throne. 

Philip spent several months travelling to Australia, Antarctica and beyond on the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1956.

In some of the scenes he can be seen riding on a sledge down a snowy mountain, while wearing sunglasses and a black jumper. 

One video shows Her Majesty, then 21, and the Duke of Edinburgh, aged 26, on a balcony in Buckingham Palace on July 9, 1947, after announcing their engagement (pictured)

In other colourised footage, the Duke of Edinburgh is seen touring the commonwealth following the Queen’s succession to the throne (pictured)


Philip spent several months travelling to Australia, Antarctica and beyond on the Royal Yacht Britannia (pictured) in 1956

A young Princess Anne helps her mother and father, the Queen and Prince Philip, with her two younger brothers, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, during a walk at Frogmore House in 1965

Speaking about the colourised clip of their engagement announcement on the programme, Penny Junor says: ‘It’s the most enchanting little bit of film. 

‘He looks confident, she has been in front of the press all her life, but it’s him that seems to be putting her at ease.’

‘This is just wonderful, the dark years of the war are behind them and this is the beginning of the era,’ she adds, when watching the honeymoon footage.

Elsewhere in the documentary, the touching moment Prince Philip ‘secretly’ comforted Prince William at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 is revealed.

: Prince Philip playing with Princess Anne and Prince Charles on a see-saw at Balmoral in 1957


Colourised picture of Prince Philip’s  engagement portrait in 1947, pictured left, and right, Prince Philip seen on horseback during his 1956 solo Commonwealth Tour

The Queen and Prince Philip during their honeymoon in 1947 at Broadlands, an English country house in Romsey, Hampshire

Footage shows the late Duke of Edinburgh comforting his grandson by touching his back ‘when he thought the cameras couldn’t see them’. 

Prince Philip walked with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry behind the coffin of Princess Diana during her funeral on 6 September 1997, when the young royals were only 15 and 12. 

Speaking in the documentary, Martin Palmer, who co-founded The Alliance of Religions and Conservation with Prince Philip, says the late Duke of Edinburgh quietly comforted his grandson William by touching his back when he thought no one could see them. 

This is the touching moment Prince Philip ‘secretly’ comforted Prince William at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 (pictured)

A new documentary, Philip: Prince, Husband, Father, which is due to air at 9pm on ITV on Tuesday, is showing the scenes in which the late Duke of Edinburgh comforted his grandson by touching his back ‘when he thought the cameras couldn’t see them’ during Princess Diana’s funeral (pictured)

‘There’s a moment where they go under the Horse Guards Parade Arch where it’s quite clear that Prince Philip – and I asked him about this he said, “Yes, I didn’t think the cameras could see us” – at that point he turns to William and comforts him,’ Martin says. 

‘You’ve just got to watch that moment and realise here is a grandfather who is trying to help his young, very vulnerable grandson struggle through this awful awful moment,’ he adds. 

Elsewhere, Martin explains that Prince Philip was keen to make sure the now Duke of Cambridge, 39, and Duke of Sussex, 37, did not grow up in a ‘dysfunctional’ family. 

‘He knew what it was like to be a member of a dysfunctional family and he tried his hardest to make sure that did not happen to his grandchildren,’ Martin says on the programme.

Speaking in the documentary, Martin Palmer (pictured), who co-founded The Alliance of Religions and Conservation with Prince Philip, says the late Duke of Edinburgh quietly comforted his grandson William by touching his back when he thought no one could see them 

 Prince Philip walked with Prince Charles , Prince William and Prince Harry behind the coffin of Princess Diana during her funeral on 6 September 1997, when the young royals were only 15 and 12 (pictured)

Prince Philip, who said the funeral was about the boys, offered to walk with them in support. 

His biographer, Gyles Brandreth, said the Duke was not meant to take part, but did it as an act of grandfatherly kindness. 

The two princes were meant to walk behind Diana’s hearses with their father, the Prince of Wales, and their uncle, Earl Spencer.   

Royal author Ingrid Seward said William was reluctant to take part in the walk at first, but Philip reportedly said: ‘I’ll walk if you walk’,’ The Sun reported in April. 

Concerned Prince Philip offered to walk behind Diana’s coffin in support of his grief-stricken grandsons (pictured on the day of the funeral with Prince William) 

‘At first William flatly refused [to walk during the funeral]. Charles pleaded with him and said that it would be utterly wrong for him not to accompany them,’ she said. 

‘Prince Philip weighed into the argument and eventually William agreed to take part – but only on the condition that his grandfather walked beside him.’

‘Philip reportedly said: “It’s about the boys. They’ve lost their mother”,’ she added.  

In the 2017 BBC Documentary Diana: Seven Days, both Prince William and Prince Harry reflected on their mother’s funeral.  

Harry and William with their grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh on 31 October 2015 during the Rugby World Cup final in London 

William recounted how he struggled to find the ‘balance between me being Prince William and having to do my bit, versus the private William who just wanted to go in a room and cry because he’d lost his mother.’

Harry, who later said no child should be asked to walk behind their mother’s coffin, said in 2017: ‘Generally, I don’t have an opinion on whether that was right or wrong. I am glad I was part of it. Looking back on it now, I am very glad I was part of it.’

The Duke of Edinburgh also stepped up to comfort the princes after their mothers death. 

Tina Brown, who wrote The Diana Chronicles in 2011, said he offered them ‘gruff tenderness and outdoor activities like stalking and hiking to tire them out.’ 

In April, both Prince Harry and Prince William walked behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin with their cousin Peter Phillips after he died on April 9. 

Philip: Prince, Husband, Father airs at 9pm on ITV on Tuesday. 

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