Toys fit for a Queen: Stunning collection of young Elizabeth’s childhood possessions

Among them are a number of the Queen’s favourite playthings including a pink tea set in the shape of a rabbit and a set of skittles known as Knockemdown Ninepins.

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Royal Collection Trust Curator Anna Reynolds showcases dolls and a pram belonging to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Royal Childhood exhibition in April

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Spanning more than 250 years the exhibition brings together objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the Royal Family, as well as previously unseen photographs and film footage

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A two-year-old Princess Elizabeth with her wicker pram in the grounds of her home in Piccadilly, London, 1928

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Royal Childhood, which will showcase tiny beds and toys like these belonging to a young Elizabeth, is part the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from July 26 to September 28

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Parisian dolls like these, which Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret used to play with, are to form the centrepiece of a new exhibition that looks back at the objects associated with royal babies and children

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Two Parisian dolls belonging to the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret shown nearly 80 years ago – the two Princesses’ tiny hands can be seen

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The Queen’s early love of equestrianism is reflected in a pair of rocking horses that she and her younger sister Princess Margaret played with from an early age – each horse sports a rosette bearing the initials of one of the princesses and a doll pram that, when aged just two the monarch enjoyed pushing around the gardens of 145 Piccadilly, her family home in London until the age of 10, will also be showcased

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The Queen’s early love of equestrianism is reflected in a pair of rocking horses that she and her younger sister Princess Margaret are pictured on, right, in 1932

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Exhibition curator Anna Reynolds displays a toy horse on wheels that Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret played with circa 1930s, and ‘Pamela’ a doll in a red beret and Parisian doll

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Tea for two? A rabbit tea set belonging to Queen Elizabeth II forms a part of the summer display

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Royal Collection Trust Curator Anna Reynolds (L) and her colleague Rachel Woollen lift a chair containing Parisian dolls belonging to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret at Buckingham Palace

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Dolls belonging to Queen Elizabeth II are displayed at Buckingham Palace. The exhibition will bring together objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the Royal Family

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The Duchess of York and Princess Elizabeth standing outside in front of Y Bwthyn Bach, a miniature cottage in the grounds of Royal Lodge, presented to Princess Elizabeth by the people of Wales on the occasion of her sixth birthday, 1933; its miniature kitchen will be recreated at Buckingham Palace for the exhibition

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Its miniature kitchen will be recreated at Buckingham Palace for the exhibition (pictured: the actual house with the replica gas stove with sparkling pots and pans beside a washing machine, mangle and apron)

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The richly decorated 17in-high silver-gilt Lily Font, which was made in 1841 and used at Prince George’s christening will be on display, along with his robe

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Princess Elizabeth playing with a doll in a toy pram outside the Welsh House, a miniature house presented to her and Princess Margaret by the people of Wales – it continues to be used by the present generation of royal children and its miniature kitchen will be recreated at Buckingham Palace for the exhibition

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