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Queen's Visit to York

Queen Elizabeth II is greeted in York by thousands of enthusiastic men, women, and children in this depiction of a 21st Century royal family.

Amateur film 2012 3 mins Silent

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This joyful film presents the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II in York during her 2012 UK Diamond Jubilee tour. The camera makes us feel like we are part of the expectant crowd, moving and jostling for a better view of the monarch’s car as it arrives. We follow the gazes of young and old as the Queen meets local dignitaries and exits to continue her Yorkshire tour.

According to reports, approximately 15,000 people turned out to see the Queen when she visited York on 5th April 2012, as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the country. She was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice of York. Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British history in 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. An interesting point to note about this film is that it was shot in Super 8, reflecting the filmmaker’s interest in analogue formats.