Royal family shows off Queen’s incredibly neat handwriting as a child on World Book Day

Her Majesty marked World Book Day

The royal family shared one of the Queen's favourite books from her childhood to mark World Book Day on Thursday. An image posted on Twitter shows Her Majesty's (then Princess Elizabeth) name written in her own incredibly neat handwriting inside a copy of Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland.

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They also shared a quote from the monarch during an event at Buckingham Palace to celebrate British children's literature in 2006: "This magic of our childhoods – the characters, the stories, the imagination of it all – is an enduring and essential part of our culture."

The Queen isn't the only member of the royal family to commemorate World Book Day. The Duchess of Cornwall visited a school in London on Thursday as part of the "share a million stories" challenge, to promote the importance of reading to children. Camilla has been the patron of the National Literacy Trust since 2010 and Clarence House said in a tweet: "The Duchess of Cornwall believes every person, young and old, should be able to share the love of reading."

This week the Queen has been carrying out investiture ceremonies and held audiences with Ambassador from Cuba, Mrs Bárbara Elena Montalvo Álvarez, and the President of the Republic of Malta at Buckingham Palace. She will attend the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday 9 March with the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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Princess Elizabeth reading with her sister Princess Margaret in 1940

Prince Harry and Meghan have returned to the UK to carry out their final engagements before they step back as senior royals on 31 March. They will attend the Endeavour Fund Awards on Thursday evening, as well as the Mountbatten Music Festival together on Saturday. 

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