A piece of royal history!
Prince Charles received a rarely-seen photograph of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, during a visit to the Send a Cow International Development Charity in Bath, England on Monday, Feb. 1. The black and white image shows Elizabeth, 89, at age 13 in 1939.
Charles accepting the gift on Feb. 1. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"I'll see if Mama remembers it, and remembers what she was wearing when it was taken," Charles, 67, told Simon Barnes, the chief executive of Send a Cow, while accepting the gift, according to People.
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The portrait — one of several images previously rejected by the late Queen Mother for being "too informal" for public release — had reportedly been hidden in Canadian photographer Lawrence Audrain's attic for years. After Audrain's death, his daughter, Lisa Gibson, inherited the photo and later gave it to Barnes and his wife, Lucy, as a wedding gift.
The 1939 portrait of Elizabeth gifted to Charles on Feb. 1. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"Lucy and I have always loved this portrait of Her Majesty as a young princess, but as she approaches her 90th birthday, it was thrilling to be able to return it to the family when His Royal Highness visited our Send a Cow headquarters yesterday," Barnes said.
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"Our charity has a 'pass on principle' with the communities we work with in Africa, gifting livestock and knowledge to their neighbors and it was wonderful to be able to pass on such a special treasure to the Prince of Wales. He appeared very touched to receive it," Barnes continued.
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