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The Queen’s childhood toys to go on display later this year

29 April 2014

A new display, which includes a dolls’ house owned by The Queen, will open up at Buckingham Palace this summer.

It’s a collection of her childhood possessions – and those of other royals – spanning 250 years.

Among the earliest items to go on display later this year are a dolls house for George III’s daughters and dolls made by the young Princess Victoria, inspired by characters she had seen at the ballet or opera.

But there is also a stunning collection of Princess Elizabeth’s toys, including dolls, a wicker pram and pink tea set. Her early love of equestrianism is reflected in a pair of rocking horses, while a wicker pram she pushed around is also to go on show.

Highlights will also include the silver-gilt lily font used in baptism of Prince George and the silk-satin and lace christening robe he wore, as well as the velvet walking suits of the future King George V.

A wide range of toys, gifts and childhood outfits will be seen at the exhibition, Royal Childhood, when it opens.
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