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Buckingham Palace releases never-before-seen photos of Queen Elizabeth II as a child

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As the UK prepares to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday with an incredible celebration filled with celebrity entertainers, Buckingham Palace has released three never-before-seen snaps of her majesty to mark the occasion.

Although the photos have not been dated, they clearly show the Queen as a princess before her accession to the throne in 1952. In the first black and white photo, the then Princess Elizabeth seems to be visiting some sort of bird enclosure, and can be seen looking at the bird sat on her arm while wearing a simple dress and cardigan. Her short brunette hair flicks out and falls over her face in the natural snap.


The Queen released never-before-seen photos of herself as a child

In the second photo, her majesty is smiling while preparing to dive into a swimming pool with her father, King George VI. The third photo is the only colour photo of the three, and shows the Queen smiling at the camera while sat with her father and her sister, Princess Margaret. The two girls are dressed in matching bright pink outfits while the King and Princess Margaret each hold a corgi.

queen 2© Photo: PA

The photos were released ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations

The release is part of the day-long celebrations that will not only celebrate the Queen's landmark birthday, but will also commemorate her reign spanning over 60 years.


As well as a parade of 900 horses, there will be over 1500 performers including Dame Helen Mirren, Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter, who will recreate the Queen's early to teenage years through musical numbers. The glamorous event will also be hosted by national treasures Ant and Dec, who took their wives to meet the Queen on Friday.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration airs Sunday 8.35pm on ITV