When I was a teeny tiny girl, my parents won this life-size walking doll for me in a raffle.
It was the most thrilling moment of my tiny life!
Those were the days when, with encouragement from Mum, I was enthralled by fairytales, dolls, princesses, and of course, the young Queen Elizabeth.
When presented with the doll, I named her Elizabeth on the spot.
She has been through three wigs, and a few repairs, but is in remarkably good shape for one so old. And yes, she does have rather fierce eyes, but I loved her just the same.
She is about a metre tall, which was about the same height as me at the time.
I could walk beside her, holding her stiff arm which enabled her legs to swing alternately and "walk".
Elizabeth has been allowed out to sit in state for the Jubilee celebrations this week...
Here is the Queen with her parents and younger sister Princess Margaret,
outside her playhouse, called Y Bwthyn Bach (the Small House).
It was presented to her by the Welsh people in 1932 when she was 5.
and this is the house, with her standing in the doorway.
In a lovely Jubilee gift, Princess Beatrice has been overseeing the restoration of the house,
which is situated in the grounds of Royal Lodge, Windsor, the home of Prince Andrew.
Today I was visiting my old family home, and had a look inside the piano.
I was checking for problems, but this is what I found:
Perfect timing, I say!
Day 1 of Jubilee Weekend,
doesn't the Queen look happy and excited at the Races!
Got the TV programmed to record the Jubilee river pageant tonight ..