From the Archives: “The Education of a Queen,” December 1943
The people of Britain are beginning to take it a growing interest in the personality of their future Queen—only beginning, because so far Princess Elizabeth’s life has most rightly been spent in her home rather than in the public eye, and her future subjects know relatively little of her, apart from the admirable broadcast talk she gave some three years ago to the children of the Empire, at home and overseas, when she was only fourteen. Now that the Princess stands on the threshold of public life, both they and persons in other lands who watch the fortunes of the British Royal House may feel some natural desire to know how she is being prepared for the high office that will one day be hers.
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With the Diamond Jubilee set to begin this weekend, we dug up this 68-year-old story to offer a compelling peek at what “Princess Elizabeth” was like before she wore the crown. Enjoy!