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July 26, 2014

Royal childhood treasures go on display at Buckingham Palace

Gifts given to the royals when they were children, like this rocking horse presented to Prince George by the Obamas, are just some of the star attractions in a new childhood exhibition unveiled at Buckingham Palace today.

The items are part of a collection of well-loved toys, treasured family presents, photographs and tiny outfits belonging to nine generations of royal children.

George celebrated his first birthday on Tuesday and soon after he was born US president Barack Obama and wife Michelle sent the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a blue Alpaca wool baby blanket.

It will feature in the display alongside the handmade rocking horse, which has the presidential seal on its saddle, and a polo mallet with a head made from the branch of an oak tree that once stood in the White House lawn.

The prince’s christening gown - a replica of the intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841 - will also be on display.

Various toy cars, tractors and tricycles ridden by royal children can also be seen, including the ultimate young boys’ toy - a scaled down version of James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 sports car.

The exhibition starts from 1763 when the oldest item on display, a silver rattle, was presented to an infant Prince George, later George IV.

It also paints an intimate picture of the Queen as a child growing up and later as a mother herself, enjoying private moments with her own children.

Touching family home-movie footage will show the Queen and her sister Princess Margaret as young girls playing.

The Royal Childhood exhibition is part of a visit to the summer opening of the state rooms at Buckingham Palace and runs from July 26 to September 28.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the Glasgow National Hockey Centre to watch the hockey during the day one of 20th Commonwealth Games on July 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Pipes and Drums of The Scottish Regiments during the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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July 24, 2014

Queen Elizabeth II opens 2014 Commonwealth Games

Queen Elizabeth II has opened the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games by reading a message which she wrote almost a year ago.

Her message was placed in the baton which has been carried by fans in a 10-month relay across the Commonwealth.

Joining her was the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, her eldest son Prince Charlesand his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and her youngest son the Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Rod Stewart, John Barrowman, and Susan Boyle were among some of the Scottish entertainers who performed for the sell-out crowd in Glasgow’s Celtic Park.

The British Prime Minister David Cameron was also in attendance along with 2012 Olympic champions Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu, and Greg Rutherford. 

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Connor Woodcock presents Queen Elizabeth II with a posie during the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the CGF and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Dame Quentin Bryce, the outgoing Governor General of Australia, during a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II where she presents the Insignia of Dame of the Order of Australia, watched by husband Michael Bryce at Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2014 in London, England.

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Sir Simon Rattle during a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II where she presents him with the Insignia of a Member of the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2014 in London, England.

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