The Queen has shared some rare photos from her childhood and they're so sweet

Queen Elizabeth visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society
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The Queen has shared some incredible pictures of her training as a lifeguard and receiving a historic award when she was just 14-years-old.

The Queen, who recently shared fond memories of her late husband Prince Philip, has now shared incredibly rare photos from her childhood.

Her Majesty, 95, spoke to the Royal Life Saving Society, of which she has been Patron since 1952, over a video call.

She spoke to lifesavers and researchers and shared some memories and photographs of her time as a teenage lifeguard. 

The images, which have now been shared on the royal family’s Instagram, show the Queen swimming with another young girl, practicing saving her from drowning. The other shows the Queen proudly wearing her Junior Respiration Award badge.

They are a lovely insight into her down-to-earth, childhood hobbies, after it her goddaughter revealed the Queen would have loved to lead an 'ordinary' life

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Recalling the childhood memory, the monarch said, "It was all done in the Bath Club, in the swimming pool and I suppose I didn't really actually realise what I was doing because I was only 12 or something.

"12 or’s a very long time again I’m afraid," the Queen then laughed and said, "I think it’s changed a lot."

She was then told she was actually the first person to ever win the Junior Respiration Award, to which she replied, "I didn’t realise I was the first one, I just did it and had to work very hard for it.

"But it was a great achievement and I was very proud to wear the badge on the front of my swimming suit."

One of the society members also cheekily reminded her that it had in fact been 80 years since she won the award, the Queen laughed and replied, "Oh that’s terrible!"

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for and My Imperfect Life.