• Short Summary

    Princess Elizabeth's birthday message.

    The speech was broadcast to the Commonwealth on April 21st 1947

  • Description

    SLATE INFORMATION: Princess Elizabeth's Message

    SOUTH AFRICA, Capetown
    PRINCESS ELIZABETH Princess Elizabeth's birthday message to the youth of the Empire. Looking into camera and speaking

    Transcript
    "
    Let me begin by saying 'thank you' to all the thousands of kind people who have sent me messages of good will".
    CLOSE UP OF PRINCESS
    "
    Although there is none of my father's subjects from the oldest to the youngest whom I do not wish to greet, I am thinking especially today of all the young men and women who were born about the same time as myself and have grown up like me in terrible and glorious years of the second world war."

    CLOSE UP OF PRINCESS
    Will you, the youth of the British family of nations, let me speak on my birthday as your representative? Now that we are coming to manhood and womanhood it is surely a great joy to us all to think that we shall be able to take some of the burden off the shoulders of our elders who have fought and worked and suffered to protect our childhood."

    CLOSE UP OF PRINCESS
    "
    There is a motto which has been borne by many of my ancestors , a noble motto " I serve".Those words were an
    inspiration to many bygone heirs to the throne, when they made their knightly dedication as they came to manhood. I cannot do quite as they did.But through the inventions of science I can do what was not possible for any of them. I can make my solemn act of dedication with a whole Empire listening. I should like to make that dedication now. It is very simple.
    I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
    But I shall not have strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me, as I now invite you to do: I know that your support will be unfailingly given. God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it."

    Queen Elizabeth II; Royalty

    SLATE INFORMATION: The End
    Background: Princess Elizabeth's birthday message.

    The speech was broadcast to the Commonwealth on April 21st 1947

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7CVKRHBU27G1TZI893K7RW4T1
    Media URN:
    VLVA7CVKRHBU27G1TZI893K7RW4T1
    Group:
    Reuters - Gaumont British Newsreel
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/04/1947
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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