As the third longest-reigning royal in history and the world’s oldest monarch, the life of Queen Elizabeth II has certainly been well-documented. Now, the Queen has granted the BBC access to some never-before-seen footage from her childhood.
The three new unseen photographs of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman were released in conjunction with a new BBC documentary entitled Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen.
In the first image, the Queen is seen on a royal tour in South Africa in 1947.
In another image, taken in 1947 as well, Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret are with their father, King George VI, on board HMS Vanguard, a battleship. The ship was built during World War II and on its first voyage, it took the royal family to South Africa for that same trip.
The final image features the Queen right after she accepted Prince Philip’s proposal during a vacation to Balmoral Castle in 1946. She is seen beaming at the engagement ring.
Fun fact: Queen Elizabeth’s engagement to Prince Philip was only announced to the public one year after it happened.