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The Queen's Big Night Out

  • News and current affairs
  • Documentary and factual
  • 2015
  • Michael Wadding

Summary

The story of the night when the future Queen Elizabeth II slipped out of Buckingham Palace with Princess Margaret to party in secret on the streets of London. It was May 8, 1945 - VE Day - the end of the Second World War in Europe. Seventy years later, eyewitnesses who were with the princesses that evening, including the Queen's cousin and close friend Margaret Rhodes and lady-in-waiting Jean Woodroffe, reveal in detail what happened as the pair joined thousands of revellers celebrating peace.

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Review

On 8 May 1945 the future Queen and Princess Margaret slipped out of Buckingham Palace to walk five miles round London, “partying with the people” as the crowds celebrated VE Day. It was an unprecedented expedition, but they didn’t venture out alone – 16 trusted members of the royal household accompanied them.

In this film the enjoyable mayhem of the night is recalled: how the princesses were swept along on a tide of happiness and did the conga through the Ritz, shocking “the old ladies taking tea there”. It was, the Queen said later, “one of the most memorable nights of my life.” It’s a glorious story.

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Credits

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DirectorMichael Wadding
ProducerCeline Fitzmaurice
ComposerSam Hooper
EditorTony Quin

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Released on
2015-04-29
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

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