For Queen Elizabeth II’s 96th birthday, Buckingham unveils a rare photo of her as a child

Queen Elizabeth II during British Champions Day. (UK, October 16, 2021.) Stephen Lock/i-Images/ABACAPRESS.COM

On this birthday, the official Royal Family Instagram account posted a photo of the Queen when she was just two years old.

Back to 1928. Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 96th birthday this Thursday.and birthday and, for the occasion, the Instagram account of the royal family shared a snapshot of the oldest monarch on the planet. In the black and white photo, the ex-wife of Prince Philip is only two years old. The curly-haired little girl in a white frilly dress is posing on her stomach with her hands on her cheeks and a smile on her lips.

“Happy Birthday Your Majesty!” The photo was captioned before recounting her journey to the throne: “She was the eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York and was never to become queen. Her life changed when her uncle King Edward VIII abdicated, her father became King George VI and the young princess became heiress presumptive. Before adding: “After the sad death of her father in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II at just 25 years old and this year celebrates her 70th birthday on the throne, a first in British history”.

In video, Queen Elizabeth II as a child

A private birthday

The mother of Prince Charles, 73, Princess Anne, 71, Prince Andrew, 62 and Prince Edward, 58, has stepped back from public life due to mobility issues. She decided to celebrate this day “privately”, AFP said, according to a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace.

She flew to the royal estate of Sandringham, 200 km from London, on Wednesday to spend a few days there. The house overlooking the sea was chosen by the monarch because it was a home loved by her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

However, cannon fire from the Tower of London and Hyde Park will mark the event as a military band plays the famous song Happy birthday to celebrate another year spent alongside the English.