The two young children laugh as their mother takes a photo of them with their necks buried in the sand. The corgi sandwiched between the smiling faces in this holiday photo, however, provides a hint as to which famous family it belongs to.
King Charles, the young boy in the picture, would have been around eight years old at the time. It was taken from video footage that his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, had recorded after the Duke of Edinburgh had laid him and his sister Princess Anne, who was about six years old at the time, to rest in the sand.
In the summer of 1957, the touching scene took place on Norfolk’s Holkham Beach.
The picture was chosen by Charles for his mother’s 2012 BBC Diamond Jubilee television tribute, a Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales.
His Majesty reflected on the monarch’s 60-year rule at the time and talked about the day his “Mama” was crowned in the documentary.
Another image of the monarch participating in his school sports day at Hill House School in West London in the summer of 1957 was also shared by him.
On June 2, 1953, he recalls her “amazing poise” and “natural grace,” as well as her pre-event preparations.
Charles explains, “I remember my Mama coming up, you know, when we were being bathed as kids, wearing the crown. “Practicing was quite funny.”
The opportunity to proudly celebrate everything the Queen means to us, both as a country and as one of her children, is provided by the Diamond Jubilee, he continues.