Even before took her reign as Queen of England, she was predictably stunning and perfectly poised. And now, just in time for the Queen's upcoming 90th birthday bash, Prince Charles received a rarely-seen photo of her as a 13-year-old princess.
The photo was gifted to the Prince by Chief Executive Simon Barnes, who ended up with the photograph after a series of quite fortunate events.
Originally, the treasure was stashed away in the attic of the family of Canadian photographer, Lawrence Audrain. He snapped the photo in 1939 to mark an upcoming royal tour of the United States, but not being up to the late Queen Mother's standards of formality, other photos from the set were chosen.
Rather than getting rid of the photo, Audrain kept it and his daughter, Lisa Gibson, inherited it at his death. Gibson eventually gave it to Barnes and his wife Lucy as a wedding present.
"Lucy and I have always loved this portrait of Her Majesty as a young princess, but as she approaches her 90th birthday, it was thrilling to be able to return it to the family when His Royal Highness visited our Send a Cow headquarters yesterday," .
The Prince was more than thrilled when he received the photo, remarking that he would see if his mother remembered it and if she remembered what she was wearing.
"Our charity has a 'pass on principle' with the communities we work with in Africa, gifting livestock and knowledge to their neighbors and it was wonderful to be able to pass on such a special treasure to the Prince of Wales," Barnes said. "He appeared very touched to receive it."