‘Complete revelation’: Queen Elizabeth wasn’t ‘wrapped in cotton wool at all’ as a child

Queen Elizabeth II’s upbringing is a mystery to many. Growing up in palaces, without a formal education, it’s worlds away from what most of us can imagine. However, a video from the palace offers some insight.


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Today, the Royal Family posted a video, and a number of images of the Queen.

The account wrote: “Thank you for your messages today, on The Queen’s 94th birthday.

“Movie camera In this private footage from @RCT, we see The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, with her family, including her younger sister Princess Margaret.”

It went on: “Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Armed Forces, Head of State in 16 countries and the longest reigning Monarch in British History. Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

“Happy birthday, Your Majesty!”

In a classy touch, the Palace added: “To those of you also celebrating your birthdays today at home, with or without your loved ones – we send you many happy returns.”

In the video the Queen can be seen, growing up with. She is pushed in a baby carrier, before pushing a toy one of her own.

She is seen gardening, riding horses, playing with pheasants and dancing in the clips.

A body language expert Judi James analysed the video for Express.co.uk.

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She said: “This is such a timely and revealing set of clips of the Queen as a child, with her body language a complete revelation to those of us who grew up thinking that the utterly regal, self-controlled and understated woman that appears in public must have been terribly reserved and overly well-mannered as a child.

“Instead we can see a joyous, confident and fun-loving girl who appears to have adopted the role of leader with her sister and even adults quite naturally from an early stage.”

While the Queen may seem shy, as a child she shows many signs of confidence, the body language expert claimed.

“There is no sense of shyness here from the young Elizabeth, who looks as at home performing in front of the cameras as she does coaching her smaller sister into joining in her games. Even in her pram she was sitting up towing her own toy horse and cart along behind her and when she has her own pram to push her elbows go up and her face forms an expression of determination as she struggles to turn it around.”


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What is more, the while some might imagine royal children are watched with the utmost care, Elizabeth and Margaret play without fuss from caregivers.

“The way Elizabeth and Margaret take to the see-saw, showing no sense of fear at all as they bounce up and out of their seats like frogs to get as high as possible,” Judy added.

This slightly dangerous-looking play could have had royal nannies panicking, but the way the two girls are left to enjoy themselves suggests they didn’t have a cosseted, ‘wrapped in cotton wool’ kind of a childhood at all.”

The joy young Elizabeth clearly finds in her activities, such as dancing and horse riding, also give insight into her younger life.

Judi said: “The utter joy on Elizabeth’s face as she mounts her horse makes it easy to see when her life-long passion for riding and horses began, but it’s probably the dance routines that throw up the biggest surprises.

“It has often been thought that it was Margaret who was the main performer of the two sisters and that Elizabeth was somehow more reserved, but here we can see it’s very much Elizabeth’s show as she teaches dance steps and routines, first to Margaret and then to the adults as well.

“In those days children who performed happily like this were often accused of ‘showing off’ but Elizabeth’s more extrovert side appears to have been healthily encouraged rather than suppressed. As a result her confidence signals are obvious, as are the traits that suggest she had a happy and relatively carefree childhood.”

Today is the anniversary of the Queen’s day of birth, but not her official birthday.

However, the British’s monarch’s official birthday is on the second Saturday of June.

This is to ensure Britons have a day of nice enough weather to celebrate the monarch’s birthday, considering the cold and soggy winter months are no good for street parties.

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