Princess of Wales unveils a rare black and white photograph of a young Queen Elizabeth II

The Princess of Wales tonight shared a rare image of Queen Elizabeth as a young girl preparing for a Christmas panto, revealing her own children inherited Her Majesty’s love of ‘putting on little shows’.

In the black and white picture, the then-Princess stood alongside Princess Margaret and another girl and Royal School head Hubert Tannar, all preparing for a Christmas pantomime of Aladdin.

The performance took place during World War Two, meaning the late Queen was still a teenager in the happy picture.

Kate said during the broadcast of her Christmas Eve carol service: ‘It really resonated with me seeing Her Majesty here doing the production on Christmas Day during the Second World War, which I thought was really special.

‘I can remember doing this sort of thing as a little girl too.

‘When I saw this photograph, it’s wonderful now, I see my children’s love for doing this sort of thing, putting on little shows for us.’

The Princess of Wales said often her own children will ask her to watch them perform and eventually invite her to ‘join in’. She said they will often dance around the table as a family.

In the black and white picture, the then-Princess stood alongside Princess Margaret and another girl and Royal School head Hubert Tannar as they rehearse for Aladdin

The Princess of Wales tonight shared a rare image of Queen Elizabeth as a young girl, during the broadcast of her Christmas Eve carol service

The Princess of Wales tonight shared a rare image of Queen Elizabeth as a young girl, during the broadcast of her Christmas Eve carol service

It’s understood in the image, the trio were rehearsing to perform Aladdin, in which Princess Elizabeth had been cast in the titular role.

A young Prince Philip is also said to have been in the crowd watching his future wife in the show.

One report suggests that shortly after that encounter, Elizabeth’s grandmother sent correspondence which noted the pair had fallen in love.

The Queen’s Governess Marion ‘Crawfie’ Crawford said in her memoirs: ‘The pantomime went off very well. I have never known Lilibet more animated. There was a sparkle about her that none of us had ever seen before.’

Charlotte, Louis and George are all known for their quirky little personalities, and Charlotte in particular is often compared to the Queen as a young girl.

She stole viewers’ hearts on Saturday night for her adorable reaction to seeing a picture of Paddington Bear.

The rare images of the Queen’s pantomime performance first surfaced in 2013 when they were auctioned, but were brought out again by Princess Kate during her Royal Carols: Together At Christmas program.

The Prince of Wales, reading an extract from Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas Message 2012, during the 'Together at Christmas' Carol Service at Westminster Abbey

The Prince of Wales, reading an extract from Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message 2012, during the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey

Kate and William shared a sweet moment with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they entered Westminster Abbey

Kate and William shared a sweet moment with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they entered Westminster Abbey

Which royals attended Kate’s carol service?

Senior royals were in attendance at the Princess of Wales’ second annual carol service, which was filmed on December 15 and broadcast on Christmas Eve.

Among them were Kate and William, as well as heir to the throne Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte. The couple’s youngest, Prince Louis, was not in attendance.

Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, were also present with their husbands, Jack Brooksbank and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Zara and Mike Tindall also made an appearance.

Other attendees included Kate’s mother Carole Middleton and her sister, Pippa, along with her husband James Matthews.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, sat beside the Princess of Wales during the service.

Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent were also seen during the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service.

Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, one of the late Queen’s cousins, also joined the congregation.

King Charles III’s siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, did not appear to be at the event.

She shared the picture with three members of the public who had gone ‘above and beyond’ this year for their communities; midwife Carys Hammond, 39, volunteer Akbar Khan, 50, and veteran Lionel Digby, 87.

The entire service, which aired on ITV tonight and was narrated by Catherine Zeta Jones, was dedicated to Her late Majesty.

Musician Alexis Ffrench played In The Bleak Midwinter on a grand piano emblazoned with the Queen’s image from different stages of her life and reign.

The event was attended by King Charles III, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales, as well as Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Speaking at the start of the programme, Kate said: ‘This Christmas will be our first without her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

‘Her Majesty held Christmas close to her heart as a time that brought us together.’

The event was attended by King Charles III, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales, as well as Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice were also in attendance.

During the service, the Prince of Wales delivered a poignant reading, taken straight from a message his grandmother gave a decade ago.

He said: ‘At Christmas I’m always struck by how the spirit of togetherness also lies at the heart of the Christmas story.

‘A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar. They came with their gifts to worship the Christ Child.

‘From that day on He has inspired people to commit themselves to the best interests of others. This is the time of year when we remember that God sent His only son to serve, not to be served.

‘He restored love and service to the center of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer this Christmas Day that His example and teaching will continue to bring people together to give the best of themselves in the service of others.’

The event, dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth II, was attended by King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort

The event, dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth II, was attended by King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort

The Queen delivered the same speech as part of a wider broadcast in 2012 from the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.

It’s not yet clear why Prince William chose this particular extract. In 2012, the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and described the celebrations at the time as ‘especially memorable for me and my family’.

She said at the time: ‘It was humbling that so many chose to mark the anniversary of a duty which passed to me sixty years ago.’

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