Monday, December 15, 2008

Princess has too many toys

December 15, 1928

Princess Elizabeth's nurse is in a quandary. What is she to do with all the toys that Princess Elizabeth has received. The two-year-old princess is the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, and third in line to the British throne, after her uncle, the Prince of Wales and her father.
In the nursery at the Yorks' London home, the two cupboards are filled with toys, and more are expected to arrive in time for Christmas. But the princess' nurse does not allow her to play with all of her toys at same time, and selects only a few toys for the princess to play with.
The "tiny golden-haired Princess is quite content with the arrangement," and she spends hours playing with her dolls and two dogs, a Sealyham terrier, which is her own pet, and her mother's Golden Retriever.
Sometimes, her two cousins, George and Gerald Lascelles, join her in the nursery. The little boys are the sons of Princess Mary and Lord Lascelles.
Princess Elizabeth is "fascinated by story books about animals and golliwogs. She is reaching an age when she is fascinated by adventure stories, and no doubt, she will hear exciting stories from her uncle, the Prince of Wales, after his African trip, that "will make her big blue eyes open still wider with wonder."

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