Adorable note signed ‘Lilibet by herself’ by Queen aged 11, first published

The heartwarming detailed message of then-Princess Elizabeth, aged just 11, was handwritten to celebrate the coronation of King George VI in 1937

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A sweet handwritten note from the Queen to her parents aged 11 has been published for the first time by The Royal Collection Trust.

In the 1937 letter, they give an insight into the monarch’s childhood.

The then Princess Elizabeth sat on the occasion of the coronation of King George VI.

It was addressed to “Mum and Dad” and lovingly signed “Lilibet by self,” the nickname she was given by her family as a toddler.

In the note, the future queen provides a detailed account of what happened during the coronation. It came after the abdication of George’s brother Edward VIII.

Princess Elizabeth decided back in 1937 to document the coronation of King George VI


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She starts off early and is awakened at 5am by the sound of the Royal Marines outside her window.

Young Elizabeth recalls being wrapped up in a dressing gown to watch from her bedroom.

Then she tells how the family goes to the kindergarten at half past six to pick up their sister, Princess Margaret.

She then informs her parents that the sisters couldn’t finish their breakfast.

The notes were made public for the first time to mark the Queen’s platinum anniversary


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Queen Elizabeth was just 11 when she sat down to paper – and spoke of her very early wake-up call in the morning



It was because she was too excited for the day ahead with her family, one of the first big events she attended.

Then the impressive princess describes the dresses that the girls are wearing. Made of white silk and with puff sleeves, she loved the “little gold bows at the bottom center”.

She added how they both “kissed mum and wished her luck” before the family headed to Westminster Abbey.

The letter is then signed “Lilibet,” the cute nickname she’s used most of her life.

The young royal told how the sisters couldn’t finish their breakfast in excitement


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Her Highness is so well known to her family members, having been given the nickname as a toddler by her grandfather, King George V, for the way she pronounced her own name.

It continued to be used as she grew up and the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April last year, affectionately called his wife Lilibet throughout their 73-year marriage.

In a letter to the Queen Mother after their wedding, Prince Philip wrote: “Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world that’s absolutely real to me.”

The young princess couldn’t pronounce her name and instead called herself Lilibet – a nickname that stuck


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Last year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry honored the Queen by naming their baby daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

The child, also known as Lili, was named after the Queen and Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.

The family has lived in the United States since leaving the royal family in 2020.

But Harry retained his place in the line of succession, so Lilibet will be eighth in line to the throne.

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