Rare photo of young Queen with beloved sister Princess Margaret goes on sale

A sweet photo of the Queen and her sister Princess Margaret in pantomime dress up has been put up for sale.

The picture was taken at a Royal pantomime performance of 'Old Mother Red Riding Boots' held at Windsor Castle for members of the Armed Forces and local children in 1944.

It was used on the front of the programme for the wartime event, which saw 18-year-old Princess Elizabeth play the character Lady Christina Sherwood and her beloved sister Margaret (14) star as Honourable Lucinda Fairfax.

The royal siblings are listed in the copy as cast members and part of the ballet scenes.

Surrounded by performers from the Windsor Castle community and the Royal Windsor School, Elizabeth can be seen near the centre of the stage in a dazzling sparkling dress, while Margaret is next to her wearing an elegant white gown.

The Royal Horse Guards orchestra is lined up in front of her, having provided musical accompaniment to the performance.

The Mirror reports the photo has been put on the market by the family of Stanley Williams, who was superintendent of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace at the time and is mentioned as a 'manager' of the pantomime in the programme.

They are listing it for £1,500 after keeping it in the archives for almost eight decades.

A spokesperson for William George, who is putting it up for auction today (January 6) said: "Stanley Williams was a long-standing Royal Servant and was Superintendent of Windsor Castle and later Buckingham Palace prior to his retirement.

"The lot comes from the family as they want to ensure it stays in the hands of someone who appreciates this group of items' historical importance.

"Old Mother Red Riding Boots was an opportunity for Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret to provide some wartime entertainment to the Armed Forces and the Children of Windsor.

"Needless to say, the Royal Family and Staff at Windsor Castle worked very hard to provide some light entertainment for the audience at a time when this was in short supply."

Up to 600 people attended the royal show, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The performance combined plot elements from a number of fairy tale favourites.

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