#AceHistoryNews says a Remarkable photographs of the young Queen starring in private Royal Pantos’ as a teenager are set to fetch thousands at auction. The images – never before made public – show Princess Elizabeth at the age of 15 when she appeared in her first Christmas production in December 1941. She played Prince Florizel in Cinderella with her younger sister Princess Margaret – then just 11 – in the title role.
Other photos from the remarkable collection show the two princesses starring in other pantos for the next three Christmases, all performed at Windsor.
In 1942 the show was Sleeping Beauty with the young Queen playing Prince Salvador and Margaret Fairy Thistledown.
The final show in 1944 was Old Mother Red Riding Boots with the young Queen as Lady Christina Sherwood and Margaret as the Honourable Lucinda Fairfax.
Photographs of the pantos – signed by the two princesses – have now been made public for the first time. They are being sold as part of an archive collected by a Cyril Woods who was a star pupil at the Royal School in Windsor and acted in the pantos.
The four royal pantos were staged during the war after the future Queen and her younger sister were evacuated from Buckingham Palace at the conflict. The pair stayed at the Royal Lodge, in Windsor, until 1945.
Their parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stayed in London during the week and returned to them at weekends.
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