Childhood picture of Queen starts radio series

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A RARELY-SEEN photograph of the Queen as a toddler will be the first item featured in a new BBC radio series telling the history of monarchy through royal objects.

Lavish artwork, family pictures and ancient artefacts from palaces have all been brought to life by experts for the Radio 4 programmes which begin today.

The Royal Collection has collaborated with the BBC for the eight-part series – The Art Of Monarchy – which celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen’s picture gives a glimpse of life in the royal household at Balmoral Castle on a sunny autumn day more than 80 years ago.