These Rare Photos Of The Queen Shed A New Light On Her Extraordinary Life

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35. Learning to lifeguard, 1939

For more than 125 years, the Royal Life Saving Society has passed on the skills needed to save people from drowning. It turns out that Queen Elizabeth II was one of their pupils in the summer of 1939. Indeed, she won a medal from them after displaying her life-saving abilities at London’s Royal Bath Club.

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34. Broadcasting with the BBC, 1940

In the midst of World War Two, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret spoke on the BBC’s Children’s Hour radio show in order to address kids displaced or otherwise affected by the conflict. During her speech, the 14-year-old future queen said, “We know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well.”

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