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In Pictures: Queen Elizabeth II on Active Duty during World War II

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Despite being told to send off her daughters to Canada, Queen Elizabeth remained adamant that her children shall remain in Britain. At an early age, Princess Elizabeth displayed her courage and showed her dedication to her service to the nation right when the nation needed her the most.

1943. Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret starring in a Windsor Castle wartime production of the pantomime Aladdin. Princess Elizabeth played Principal Boy while Princess Margaret played Princess of China. Image: 

1944. Princess Elizabeth joins her parents during their visit to HMS King George V. Image: Imperial War Museum.

1944. Princess Elizabeth joins King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during their farewell visit before the battleship left to join Britain's East Indies Fleet. The twin and quadruple 14 inch gun turrets can be seen in the background. Source: Imperial War Museum

1944. The Queen and Princess Elizabeth talk to a camouflaged sniper during a tour of Airborne forces, May 19, 1944.

1944. Queen Elizabeth, King George VI and Princess Elizabeth standing with a group of RAF personnel, including the Station Commander (standing on the Queen's right), during a visit to Mildenhall, Suffolk.

1944. Princess Elizabeth watching parachutists dropping during a visit to airborne forces in England in the run-up to D-Day. Image: Imperial War Museum. 

1944. The Queen and Princess Elizabeth talk to paratroopers in front of a Halifax aircraft during a tour of airborne forces preparing for D-Day, May 19, 1944. Image: Imperial War Museum

1944.  Princess Elizabeth, a 2nd Subaltern in the ATS, wearing overalls and standing in front of an L-plated truck. In the background is a medical lorry. Image: Imperial War Museum.

1945. Princess Elizabeth joins the training of Auxiliary Territorial Service Training Centre. Photographed is the princess with the officers of the ATS Training Centre. Source, Imperial War Museum.

1946. Victory Parade in London, June 8, 1946. Queen Elizabeth, King George VI, Princess Elizabeth, Queen Mary and Princess Margaret watched as pipers of Scottish and Irish regiments march past the Saluting Base in the Mall. Image: Imperial War Museum.


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