Mirror Online: LONDON, England – A fly on the wall documentary which showed the Queen doing a food shop and Prince Charles making a salad has been leaked more than 50 years after the royal family banned it.

A film crew spent a year following the Monarch, Prince Philip and their children in the 60s, getting clips of them chatting at the breakfast table, relaxing in their living room, carrying out royal tasks and looking at jewels.

Richard Cawston’s programme – titled ‘Royal Family’ – aired on the BBC on June 21, 1969, with 37 million viewers settling down to watch.

Shortly afterwards the Queen changed her mind, deciding it was too “too intrusive” and ordered for the film to be kept hidden in the BBC vaults.

The Queen in banned royal documentary 'Royal Family'
In the documentary, the Queen is seen popping into a shop to buy her son an ice creamImage: BBC/Crown

But earlier this month the entire film was leaked online, with thousands of fans tuning in to watch.

The video has since been removed and the page now shows a message from YouTube explaining that it’s been taken down following a copyright complaint from the BBC.

In one part of the documentary, the Queen is seen taking Prince Edward, four, to a grocery shop to buy an ice cream.

They were filmed chatting over breakfastImage: Getty Images
The Queen in banned royal documentary 'Royal Family'
The Queen was seen chatting to staff about outfits for upcoming royal engagementsImage: BBC/Crown

The Monarch can be seen chatting to the man before the counter and taking money out her purse, voicing concern that her son’s treat will cause a mess in the car.

Another clip shows the family having a barbecue, with Charles chopping lettuce for a salad.

The royals reportedly didn’t enjoy the experience of being filmed, and it’s said to be the reason the Queen decided against doing a televised Christmas Speech that year, reports theĀ Telegraph.

It wasn’t just the Queen who wasn’t happy with the footage.

Banned royal documentary 'Royal Family'
Prince Philip rowing a boatImage: BBC/Crown
The Queen and Prince Philip in banned royal documentary 'Royal Family'
The Queen and Prince Philip fly back from a visit to Yorkshire in an Andover of the Queen’s Flight, in a photo taken during the filming of the joint ITV-BBC film documentary The Royal Family – Image: Bettmann Archive

Princess Anne also turned her nose up, later admitting: “I never liked the idea of ‘Royal Family’, I thought it was a rotten idea.

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