Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Anne play in the sand
at Holkham Beach in this photograph from the summer of 1957
released today. REUTERS/Clarence
Britain's Prince Charles paid a personal tribute to his
"mama", Queen Elizabeth, lauding her for providing stability as
Britain prepares for four days of public celebration to mark
the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
"The Diamond Jubilee gives us the chance to celebrate with
pride all that the queen means to us - whether as a nation or
as one of her children," said the prince, the queen's eldest
son and heir to the throne.
Huge crowds are expected in London for festivities starting
this weekend to mark the queen's 60th year as monarch, a feat
only achieved by one previous British monarch Queen Victoria
Celebrations for the 86-year-old include a pop concert at
Buckingham Palace, a grand procession through the streets of
London and a 1,000-vessel flotilla along the River Thames.
In a film to be aired on BBC TV on Friday, Charles will
recall intimate memories of the royals' private family life
behind the grand doors of Buckingham Palace, including never
publicly seen home movies and photographs, his office said.
Prince Charles introduces his mother, Queen Elizabeth, to
his school teachers and fellow pupils at the Hill House
School Sports Day in 1957. REUTERS/British Pathe
These include an insight into Elizabeth's preparation for
her coronation in 1953 when Charles recollects how the queen
experimented with wearing the heavy gold crown, adorned with an
array of precious stones.
"I remember my Mama coming, you know, up, when we were being
bathed as children, wearing the crown. It was quite funny -
practising," he says.
Other previously unseen photos include one from the
coronation day itself, and one of Charles and his sister Anne
being buried up to their necks in sand at a beach in eastern
England in 1957.
"My mama takes great pride in her family, from being a young
mother at the start of her reign, to now being a great
grandmother twice over," says the 63-year-old prince.
Charles comments that the queen had "an amazing record of
devotion, dedication and commitment" and helped "anchor
things a bit and give reassurance that something is there
which is perhaps a little more timeless than other things
which are changing all the time".
"The fact that my Mama has been a constant feature on the
scene has provided that sense, I think, of continuity in a
time of immense change over 60 years," he added.