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When life in the public eye starts early

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Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, poses with her husband, King George VI, and their two daughters, Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II, centre, and Princess Margaret in 1937. Elizabeth had that rarest of beginnings, a happy and reasonably normal royal childhood.


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Prince Charles is held by his nurse, Sister Helen Rowe, at Buckingham Palace after his christening on Dec. 14, 1948. His parents were determined to toughen him up to prepare him for his future role as king.

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Diana, Princess of Wales, holds Prince William as Prince Charles looks on after William was baptized at Buckingham Palace in August, 1982.

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A photo of the handwritten bulletin posted on the door of the Home Office in London tonight November 14, 1948. It reads: "Her Royal Highness, the Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, was safely delivered of a prince [Prince Charles] at 9.14 o'clock this evening. Her Royal HIghness and the infant prince are both well. Sunday 14 November 1948."


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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Naomi House children's hospice in Sutton Scotney, southern England April 29, 2013.


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