British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) (centre) with Queen Elizabeth, King George VI (1895 - 1952), Princess Elizabeth (left) and Princess Margaret Rose (1930 - 2002) waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during VE Day celebrations. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images)

British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) (centre) with Queen Elizabeth, King George VI (1895 - 1952), Princess Elizabeth (left) and Princess Margaret Rose (1930 - 2002) waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during VE Day celebrations. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images)Image: Getty Images

The summer of 1951 was a special one in the UK. Why? The Festival of Britain

The Festival of Britain was a national exhibition held in the summer of 1951 that reached millions of Britons, and really helped to lift the mood in the country.

Funded by the government, the festival focused on Britain and everything the country had achieved. 

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The festival's main event was held at the South Bank along the Thames River, and would go on to become a 'beacon for change' across the UK. The festival was contemporary and colorful, which was unlike anything that had been seen in the country before.

King George himself opened the festival, which can be seen in some of this stunning footage from British Pathe.

A procession can be seen making its way across Trafalgar Square, with the King, the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret all visible.

Have a look at the footage below, courtesy of British Pathe