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Growing up royal: Check out Queen Elizabeth's childhood toys

April 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM ET

Exhibition curator Anna Reynolds poses with dolls and a wicker toy pram belonging to Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret, at Bu...
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Exhibition curator Anna Reynolds poses with dolls and a wicker toy pram belonging to Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret.

A wicker pram, a pink bunny-themed tea set, Parisian figurines and other toys from Queen Elizabeth’s childhood form the centerpiece of a London exhibit that will give visitors this summer an idea of what it's like to grow up as royalty.

The two-year-old Princess Elizabeth with her wicker pram in the grounds of her home in Piccadilly, London, 1928
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A wicker pram, belonging to Prin...
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A two-year-old Princess Elizabeth with her pram at her Piccadilly, London, home in 1928.

The queen’s toys will be just a part of the Royal Childhood exhibition opening at Buckingham Palace on July 26 and running through Sept. 28.

A pink tea set in the shape of a rabbit is displayed at Buckingham Palace in London, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The tea set, a childhood toy of Britain...
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This pink tea set, that belonged to Queen Elizabeth as a child, will be among the childhood toys and gifts for royalty.

Childhood toys, outfits and other items featured in the exhibit were gathered from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of the royal family.

Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret on a rocking horse, August 1932
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<br/>Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014.
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Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret on a rocking horse, August 1932.

Together, the items span more than 250 years and will include several pieces used by the newest member of the monarch’s immediate family, Prince George.

Two Parisian dolls belonging to the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret
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Two Parisian dolls belonging to the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

For example, the silver-gilt Lily Font used in the infant’s baptism last October — and originally commissioned by Queen Victoria for her daughter's 1841 christening — will be on display as part of the exhibit. 

A toy horse on wheels that Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret played with, c.1930s
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A toy horse on wheels from the 1930s.

The exhibit will also include previously unseen photographs and film footage of royal family members.

Princess Elizabeth with a Parisian doll, photographed by Marcus Adams. 
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Princess Elizabeth with one of her Parisian dolls.


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