Who would have known that even The Queen was partial to panto and had even taken to the stage herself on more than one occassion. Back in 1941, the then Princess Elizabeth, starred in a school pantomime production of Cinderella playing the part of Prince Florizel. The role of Cinderella went to her younger sister, Princess Margaret.
The following year in 1942 the royal duo were back on stage once more, this time in Aladdin
Continuing their pantomime tradition, in 1943 the sisters appeared in a production of Sleeping Beauty.
As young Princesses they were more than used to being the centre of attention and this picture (below) shows, the Queen and Princess Margaret were also naturals when it came to stepping into the spotlight on stage. The royal sisters, then 18 and 14, sang and danced their way through A wartime Christmas pantomime for friends and family at Windsor Castle in 1944. Old Mother Red Riding Boots, as it was called, featured the Salon Orchestra of The Royal Horse Guards, scenery designed by the Academy Award winning art director Vincent Korda and crystal-clear sound from a BBC expert. The young Princess Elizabeth, as the Queen was then, played Lady Christina Sherwood and delivered a lively rendition of Swinging On A Star – which won an Oscar in 1944 for best original song in the film Going My Way.
Below: Princess Elizabeth as Lady Christina Sherwood