@BBCOne will broadcast a new documentary ‘Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute’ at 9pm 21 April, featuring exclusive footage from The Queen’s collection of personal cine films and contributions from members of the Royal Family
It’s hard to imagine Her Majesty the Queen of England as anyone other than the woman we’ve always known. She has ruled the United Kingdom for an unfathomable 64 years — longer than any other monarch in the kingdom’s history. Through wars, tragedies, and scandals, she has led the country as Queen and her family as mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
But before all of that, she was just a girl. A royal princess, of course, but still just a girl.
In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday on April 21, Buckingham Palace released an adorable note that she wrote to her grandmother, Queen Mary, thanking her for a doll house she received. At the time, she was referred to as Princess Elizabeth by the public, but at home she was simply “Lilibet.”
The sweet note reads:
Thank you very very much for the lovely doll’s house. I do love it, and I have unpacked the dining room and the hall.
(Be honest, you read that in a faux British accent, too, didn’t you? You know you did.)
Now, all these decades later, we can imagine little Prince George and Princess Charlotte one day writing notes just like this. We just hope we’re still around to get to read it!More On