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Elizabeth II wrote a touching Coronation message to her father, King George VI, when she was just 11 years old.
The then-Princess Elizabeth wrote a heartfelt message to her father and mother in honour of the historic day in May 12, 1937, when her father was crowned King.
The Royal Collection Trust and the Royal Family shared an image of the letter, written 86 years ago, to its Instagram page ahead of King Charles III’s Coronation on May 6.
The letter and Elizabeth’s account of the Coronation ceremony is accompanied by a photo of the princess in her Coronation dress standing with her parents, George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and her sister, Princess Margaret.
The letter, handwritten by Elizabeth, is also signed with ‘Lilibet’, in reference to her nickname within the Royal Family.
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The Royal Collection Trust and the Royal Family captioned the Instagram post showing the letter: “Today, as we look at King George VI Coronation in 1937 as part of our #MonarchMonday series, we’re featuring a very special memory of the day from the eleven-year-old Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II.
“The front cover of her account is visible here, and we’ve shared a quote below, as well as a photo of the young princess in her Coronation dress standing with her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and sister, Princess Margaret.”
On the cover of the letter, Elizabeth wrote: “The Coronation. 12th May, 1937.
“To Mummy and Papa, In Memory of Their Coronation.
“From Lilibet, By Herself.”
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The Royal Collection Trust also shared a quote from her letter where she recounted the Coronation ceremony in honour of the historic day.
“I thought it all very, very wonderful and I expect the Abbey did, too.
“The arches and beams at the top were covered with a sort of haze of wonder as Papa was crowned, at least I thought so,” she wrote.
The letter has been shared less than a fortnight from King Charles’s Coronation on May 6, as preparations and rehearsals are well underway.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation took place on June 2, 1953, and Charles, aged four, was allowed to attend.
Earlier this month, it was confirmed by Buckingham Palace that Prince Harry would attend the event without his wife, Meghan Markle, while she remains in California with the couple’s children, Prince Archie, who will be celebrating his fourth birthday on the day of the Coronation, and Princess Lilibet.
A source told The Sun: “Harry was desperate to come back for the Coronation and spend quality time with his family.”
Sources have also added that there is a “willingness and wanting to mend on both sides.”
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