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The early life of the Queen
Andrew Marr tells the story of the Queen's childhood, tracing her life from her birth until the death of her father in 1952. Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on 21 April 1926, the first child of Prince Albert and his wife Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. On the throne at the time was her grandfather George V, or as the young Elizabeth called him "Grandpa England". Her early childhood was loving and secure and she was only separated occasionally from her parents by their royal responsibilities and tours abroad. On her birth, she was third in line to the throne and it seemed unlikely that Elizabeth would be Queen. However, she was accelerated along the line of succession after the death of her grandfather, shortly followed by the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII. Her father assumed the throne as George VI in 1937 and the family moved from their comfortable home in Piccadilly and into the grandeur of Buckingham Palace.
Can be used to help clarify the lineage of the Royal family. Students could be encouraged to draw their own family tree. Class discussion about 'duty - what does it mean? Do you have any duties? What duties do you think (if any) your friends, family, school have? And to whom?
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