The Queen’s cousin Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon shares a glimpse inside his private photo album 


A glimpse into Her Majesty’s childhood! Queen’s cousin Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon shares snaps of young monarch playing in his garden and posing with Princess Margaret from private album

  • Queen’s cousin Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon has shared a glimpse into photo album 
  • Her Majesty was related to the family through her mother Queen Elizabeth
  • Photographs show the monarch as a child visiting home at St Paul’s Walden Bury

The Queen‘s cousin has shared a glimpse into Her Majesty’s childhood with her family as he shared photographs of the monarch as a child from his private photo album.

Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon, 89, is the son of Sir David Bowes-Lyon whose eldest sister Lady Elizabeth was the Queen Mother, making him a first cousin of the monarch, 96.

As a child, then Princess-Elizabeth, or Lilibet as she was affectionately called by her father, often visited the family home in St Paul’s Walden Bury.

Ahead of the Jubilee celebrations, Sir Simon  shared a selection of snaps from his family albums with the BBC, showing the Queen as a young child playing in the grounds of the house. 

The Queen's cousin has shared a glimpse into Her Majesty's childhood with her family as he shared photographs of the monarch as a child from his private photo album

The Queen’s cousin has shared a glimpse into Her Majesty’s childhood with her family as he shared photographs of the monarch as a child from his private photo album

In other photographs, the monarch can be seen cuddling up for a shot with her younger sister Princess Margaret

In other photographs, the monarch can be seen cuddling up for a shot with her younger sister Princess Margaret 

In one black-and-white snap, the future monarch can be seen as a baby sitting in a pram on the driveway up to the house.

Dressed in a bonnet and dress, she beams at the camera with apparent joy. 

Meanwhile in other undated photographs, she snuggles up for a shot with her younger sister Princess Margaret.

In another, she and her sister can be seen posing while riding on a rocking horse in the house.

In one black-and-white snap, the future monarch can be seen as a baby sitting in a pram on the driveway up to the house

In one black-and-white snap, the future monarch can be seen as a baby sitting in a pram on the driveway up to the house 

Elsewhere in an interview, Sir Simon showed the BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell a wall upon which were marked the heights of the princesses as they grew up.

The photographs were revealed ahead of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, which kick off tomorrow with Trooping the Colour,

Sources close to the Queen indicated it is becoming ‘increasingly unlikely’ she will make the trip to Epsom Derby on Saturday during the four-day celebrations next weekend that will mark her 70 year reign. 

A special Jubilee Pageant will then take place on Sunday through the streets of London to wrap up the four-day celebrations.

In the photographs, the Queen can be seen with her sister Princess Margaret

In the photographs, the Queen can be seen with her sister Princess Margaret as well as with her mother, Queen Elizabeth whose younger brother was Sir Simon's father (pictured)

In the photographs, the Queen can be seen with her sister Princess Margaret (left) as well as with her mother, Queen Elizabeth whose younger brother was Sir Simon’s father (right) 

In a surprise twist, the Queen could also meet her great-granddaughter Lillibet for the first time on Saturday – when she turns one – with Harry and Meghan jetting into London from California to take part in the four-day celebrations.

However the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with Prince Andrew, will not appear on the Royal Balcony when the Queen is set to delight royal fans by making an appearance during Trooping the Colour.

The monarch plans to put on a show of the resilience that has come to mark her record-breaking reign after vowing to make two appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Thursday, the first day of her Jubilee celebrations.

Elsewhere in an interview, Sir Simon showed the BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell a wall upon which were marked the heights of the princesses as they grew up

Elsewhere in an interview, Sir Simon showed the BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell a wall upon which were marked the heights of the princesses as they grew up

The photographs were revealed ahead of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, which kick off tomorrow with Trooping the Colour

The photographs were revealed ahead of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, which kick off tomorrow with Trooping the Colour

The appearances – which come despite recent mobility problems – will take place during Her Majesty’s official Birthday Parade, the start of the four-day bank holiday weekend.

A Royal source said: ‘The Queen is determined to take part in the Jubilee celebrations. Trooping was brought forward by one week to be part of the Jubilee this year and the Queen very much wants to be part of it.’

Crowds are expected to line the Mall to watch as the colour – or flag – is trooped by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards plus more than 1,500 officers and soldiers from the Household Division. 

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