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A future Queen and her little sister

A future Queen and her little sister
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In 1933, the future Queen Elizabeth II stands beside her four years younger baby sister, Princess Margaret Rose, holding a handbag that was reportedly made by disabled soldiers.

Same family, divergent destinies

Same family, divergent destinies
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Elizabeth and Margaret were born “minor” royals in that they were the daughters of the Duke of York, who was the second son of the King and therefore not expected to become a monarch. But when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in December 1936, the Duke of York ascended, thrusting Elizabeth into the role of heir presumptive. Nevertheless, the two always remained close, although this photo from 1955 (when Elizabeth had been Queen for three years already) poetically catches the sisters as they gaze on in different directions.

Cheeky sisters

Cheeky sisters
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Princess Beatrice of York and her little sister, Princess Eugenie of York, enjoy playing in the snow in Switzerland. Both women are first cousins of Prince William and Prince Harry and are natural redheads, just like Harry.

The Princesses of York, looking chic in the present

The Princesses of York, looking chic in the present
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Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are still playing happily together, only now Beatrice smiles for the camera at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party in London’s Kensington Gardens in 2018.

Prince Harry and Prince William head off to school

Prince Harry and Prince William head off to school
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In the mid-1980s, Prince Charles’s two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, head off to the Wetherby School in London, a private pre-K program. That’s their mum, Princess Diana, standing behind them in red.

A private joke among public brothers

A private joke among public brothers
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In April 2018, Prince William joined his younger brother, Prince Harry, who was just one month away from his wedding day at the opening of the Greenhouse Sports Centre in London. The two share a laugh.

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King Edward VII’s five children

King Edward VII’s five children
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Prince Albert Edward was the eldest son of Queen Victoria. “Bertie,” as he was known, grew up to be King Edward VII, but at the time this photo of his five children was taken in 1875, Victoria was still reigning. Bertie’s two sons, Prince George and Prince Albert Victor stand behind their sisters, the Princesses Louise, Maud, and Victoria. George was the second son, but after the tragic death of Albert Victor of flu in 1918, he ascended the throne as King George V.

The once and future kings

The once and future kings
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The two brothers pictured here in their dapper chapeaux are Prince Edward and Prince Albert, the first two sons of King George V. In a highly unusual turn of events, both of these brothers would become Kings… while both were still alive.

The future kings with their sister, Princess Mary

The future kings with their sister, Princess Mary
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Pictured when they were much younger, Edward and Albert are shown with their sister, Princess Mary, who would one day become Princess Royal. The title, “Princess Royal” is an honour the monarch may bestow on his/her eldest daughter. The current Princess Royal is Princess Anne.

Queen Victoria’s large brood

Queen Victoria’s large brood
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When you have nine children, you need a cheat sheet to keep them all straight! Pictured here are all Queen Victoria’s children, from left to right, top to bottom:

Princess Victoria “Vicky,” Princess Alice, and Prince Alfred “Alfie”, Princess Helena, Crown Prince Albert, Princess Louise, Prince Arthur, Prince Leopold, and Princess Beatrice.

 

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