The Queen’s Childhood
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on the 21st April in 1926 at 2:40am at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. Who knew that one day Princess Elizabeth’s would become Queen.
She is name after her grandmother, Queen Mary and her great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra. In 1930, Princess Margaret Rose was born, the family of four were very close.
When Princess Elizabeth was six, the family moved into Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park making it their home. The Princess had her own small house that was gifted to her by the people of Wales in 1932, Y Bwthyn Bach (The Little Cottage).
Elizabeth, nickname Lilibet, and her sister Margaret were home schooled by tutors. Their education included French, maths and history, with art, dancing and singing lessons also involved.
The Princess’s childhood revolved around bicycles and pets, including two grey ponies and the first of many corgis that would grow to be a big part of The Queen’s life.
When King George V, The Princess’s grandfather died in 1936, his oldest son King Edward VIII became King, however decided to abdicate from the throne to marry Mrs Willis Simpson. This led to Princess Elizabeth’s father, King George VI acceding to the throne in 1937. From then on Princess Elizabeth, began to receive more public interest as she was then first in line to the throne.
Find out more about The Queen next week, in the mean time why don’t you wish her a Happy Birthday in The Queen’s Birthday Book.