Queen: Princess Margaret’s SHOCK three words to Elizabeth as she found out she’d be ruler
QUEEN ELIZABETH II: Her sister Princess Margaret had a surprising reaction to news Elizabeth was the heir to the throne and would become Queen of England. The story will be revealed in Elizabeth: Our Queen on Channel 5.
Queen Elizabeth II’s sister, Princess Margaret, said a surprising thing to her sister upon learning she would become the Queen of England.
The exchange happened on 10th December 1936, which began as an ordinary day for Princess Elizabeth, who was 10 years old at the time.
She had just finished her swimming lesson, and was preparing to write up her notes from the class.
However, she was disturbed by sounds outside – she asked what was happening, and was told her uncle, Edward VIII, had abdicated and her father, George VI, had become king.
When Elizabeth II told the news to Margaret, her sister – who was six at the time – responded: “Well poor you!”.
Edward VIII abdicated after the public disapproved of his marriage to American socialite Wallis Simpson.
Until then, Elizabeth lived a quiet life away from the public eye with her family – who referred to themselves as “we four”.
However, this all changed when her uncle abdicated, leaving her the heir to the throne after her father.
She became queen at the age of 25 on June 2 1953 after her father’s death.
The story will be revealed on Elizabeth: Our Queen, which airs on Channel 5 tonight at 9pm.
Tonight’s episode will cover the Queen’s early years, from her birth on 21 April 1926 to when she received news of her father’s death in 1952, during a Royal Tour of Kenya.
A friend of the Queen’s recalls on the programme: “‘I shall never forget, she came back dressed in black.
She became queen at the age of 25 on June 2 1953 after her father’s death
“Coming down the steps of the aircraft and realising, well that was it.
“Everything had changed. And being met at the bottom of the steps as Queen.”
In the same episode, the Queen Mother’s advice to Elizabeth II before she ruled is revealed by a lady in waiting.
The Queen Mother’s advice for her eldest daughter has been revealed by former lady-in-waiting Lady Penn.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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