The Queen’s cousin, Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon, gives a glimpse into his private photo album

A glimpse into Her Majesty’s childhood! The Queen’s cousin Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon shares snaps of a young monarch playing in his garden and posing with Princess Margaret, from a private album

  • The Queen’s cousin Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon has shared a glimpse of the photo album
  • Her Majesty was related to the family through her mother, Queen Elizabeth
  • Photos show the monarch as a child visiting his home in St Paul’s Walden Bury

The Queen’s cousin shared a glimpse of Her Majesty’s childhood with her family as he shared photos of the monarch as a child from his private photo album.

Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon, 89, is the son of Sir David Bowes-Lyon, whose eldest sister Lady Elizabeth was the Queen Mother, making him the 96-year-old monarch’s first cousin.

As a child, Princess-Elizabeth, or Lilibet as her father affectionately called her, often visited the family home in St Paul’s Walden Bury.

Ahead of the anniversary celebrations, Sir Simon shared with the BBC a selection of snaps from his family albums, which show the Queen playing in the grounds of the house as a young child.

The Queen’s cousin shared a glimpse of Her Majesty’s childhood with her family as he shared photos of the monarch as a child from his private photo album

In other photos, the monarch can be seen snuggling up for a photo with her younger sister, Princess Margaret

In other photos, the monarch can be seen snuggling up for a photo with her younger sister, Princess Margaret

In a black-and-white snap, the future monarch can be seen as a baby, sitting in a stroller on the driveway to the house.

Dressed in a cap and a dress, she beams into the camera with apparent joy.

Meanwhile, she snuggles up for a photo with her younger sister, Princess Margaret, in other undated photos.

In another, she and her sister can be seen posing while riding a rocking horse indoors.

In a black-and-white snap, the future monarch can be seen as a baby, sitting in a stroller on the driveway to the house

In a black-and-white snap, the future monarch can be seen as a baby, sitting in a stroller on the driveway to the house

Elsewhere in an interview, Sir Simon showed BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell a wall marked with the height of the princesses as they grew up.

The photos were unveiled ahead of the Queen’s centenary celebrations, which begin tomorrow with Trooping the Color.

Sources close to the Queen said it is “becoming increasingly unlikely” that she will travel to Epsom Derby on Saturday during the four-day celebrations of her 70th reign.

To wrap up the four days of celebrations, a special anniversary competition will take place on the streets of London on Sunday.

In the photos, the Queen can be seen with her sister Princess Margaret

In the photos, the Queen is seen with her sister, Princess Margaret, as well as her mother, Queen Elizabeth, whose younger brother was Sir Simon's father (pictured).

In the photos, the Queen can be seen with her sister Princess Margaret (left) and with her mother, Queen Elizabeth, whose younger brother was Sir Simon’s father (right).

Surprisingly, the Queen could also meet her great-granddaughter Lillibet for the first time on Saturday – when she turns one – while Harry and Meghan jet to London from California to attend the four-day celebrations.

However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not appear on the royal balcony with Prince Andrew when the Queen is set to delight royal fans with an appearance during Trooping the Colour.

The monarch plans to show the resilience that has marked her record-breaking reign after promising to make two appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Thursday, the first day of her centenary celebrations.

Elsewhere in an interview, Sir Simon showed BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell a wall marked with the height of the princesses as they grew up

Elsewhere in an interview, Sir Simon showed BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell a wall marked with the height of the princesses as they grew up

The photos were unveiled ahead of the Queen's centenary celebrations, which begin tomorrow with Trooping the Color

The photos were unveiled ahead of the Queen’s centenary celebrations, which begin tomorrow with Trooping the Color

The performances – which are taking place despite recent mobility problems – are taking place during Her Majesty’s official birthday parade, the start of the four-day bank holiday weekend.

A royal source said: “The Queen is determined to attend the anniversary celebrations. Trooping has been brought forward a week to be part of the anniversary this year and the Queen is very keen to be there.’

Crowds are expected to line the Mall to watch the color – or flag – be carried by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards plus more than 1,500 officers and men from the Household Division.

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