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©British Pathé. At 14, Princess Elizabeth made her first broadcast to the public to send her best wishes to the children who had been evacuated from Britain to America, Canada, and elsewhere. Princess Margaret joined her to wish all the evacuee children goodnight. London was being destroyed by bombing raids and even Buckingham palace wouldn't be spared the wrath of enemy aircraft. Britain was in a state of crisis and Princess Elizabeth had her first taste of addressing her one-day subjects.
©British Pathé. Elizabeth Starts Touring This informal shot of a 20-year-old Princess Elizabeth shows her playing with young ship officers on board HMS Vanguard. The Royal Family were on route to South Africa which was to be the first Royal Tour of South Africa by a reigning monarch. During The Queen's reign she didn't visit South Africa on an official state visit until 1995.