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Happy Birthday Ma’am: Royal Family Shares Private Footage of the Queen’s Childhood as She Turns 94

Private footage of the Queen’s childhood has been shared to mark her 94th birthday.

The footage shows a young Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, playing with her younger sister Margaret Rose, as well as their mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

In one clip, she and her sister proudly show off their dogs, while in another, they appear to be putting on a performance.

An early love of animals is clear as she rides a horse in one shot, and in another lets a bird walk around her shoulders.

Queen Elizabeth II turns 94 on Tuesday. (Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II turns 94 on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

In incredible colour clips, she is seen dancing at the foot of a grand staircase next to her sister, before teaching two others to dance.

Her son and daughter-in-law also shared a set of pictures from throughout the monarch’s life to celebrate her birthday.

 

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Thank you for your messages today, on The Queen’s 94th birthday. In this private footage from the @royalcollectiontrust, we see The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) playing with her family, including her younger sister Princess Margaret. Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Armed Forces, Head of State in 16 countries and the longest reigning Monarch in British History. Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Happy birthday, Your Majesty! To those of you also celebrating your birthdays today at home, with or without your loved ones – we send you many happy returns. Visit our highlight to learn more about The Queen’s childhood.

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In a post on the Clarence House Instagram page, her son Prince Charles shared pictures of her looking over him as a baby in his cot, and then talking to him after a polo match as a young man.

They also shared a picture of Camilla and the Queen in a carriage at Ascot, and Charles and his sister Anne with the 94-year-old at the Braemar Games in Scotland.

Charles, 71, and Camilla, 72, are currently in Birkhall, Scotland, so won’t be able to see the Queen on her special day.

 

Her grandson, Prince William, chose an image of the Queen looking around the garden Kate, his wife, designed for the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Queen’s real birthday is her first of the year. She will mark her official birthday in June, though this year both occasions have been affected by coronavirus.

Not only has she cancelled the traditional gun salutes which take place to mark her real birthday, but Trooping the Colour will not go ahead as usual, the palace previously confirmed.

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