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The Queen's unearthed school photo will melt your heart

See the late monarch studying

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Rachel Avery
Rachel AveryHomes Editor
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had an unconventional school life, having her lessons at home at Windsor Castle, and she looked incredibly studious in an unearthed photograph.

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Taken in 1940, this black and white image shows the then Princess Elizabeth working alongside her sister Princess Margaret.

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The siblings have an array of books arranged on a round table as they sit in the drawing room of the grand castle, surrounded by gilded glamour.

One of their beloved pet Corgis sleeps beside them as they embark on their studies, clearly uninterested in the lesson of the day.

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The Queen pictured studying at home

The pair were taught by their mother and governess, Marion Crawford, who they affectionately called 'Crawfie'.

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According to, the duo learnt about maths, history, dancing, art and singing. The Queen also went on to become fluent in both French and German.

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The late monarch was home schooled

Professor Kate Williams, author of Young Elizabeth revealed: "The lack of a formal education didn't harm her as she [was] naturally analytical and something of an autodidact (self-taught), as well as being hard-working – which we know now is just as important as raw brainpower,"

Another picture revealed the late monarch working away on her own, again in the drawing room which clearly doubled as a classroom. This time, Elizabeth was seen using a pen to write in one of her exercise books.

The Queen and her sister were the last generation of royals to be educated at home, and since, members of the family have been sent to high performing private schools.

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Since the Queen, the royals have attended conventional schools

Princes Harry and William attended Ludgrove School and both studied at Eton College afterwards.

The Prince of Wales' children,  Prince GeorgePrincess Charlotte and Prince Louis have recently changed schools, and they are now settling in to Lambrook School near Windsor. They had their first week when the Queen sadly passed away on 8 September.

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