I have just met a devastatingly attractive young giant who caused my heart to flutter a bit': What our future Queen wrote as a flirtatious and carefree girl of 19
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By Rosie Taylor
With its girlish gossiping about handsome men and parties, it is a classic example of an exchange between young women.
The writer talks of her heart 'fluttering' at the sight of a 'devastatingly attractive young giant' of an officer, and her embarrassment at busybodies listening in on her chat at parties.
But the signature at the bottom, 'Lilibet', gives a clue that it was not written by any ordinary young woman.
Carefree: A series of items, including Royal letters written by a young Princess Elizabeth, have been released. Princess Elizabeth dances with a friend in 1946.�the Princess in a lemon gown, with diamonds in her ears and around her neck, dances with Commander S Either at the Phoenicia Hotel in Malta in 1951
The author was none other than Princess Elizabeth, writing at the tender age of 19 in the months following the end of the Second World War – only seven years before she would become queen.
The carefree tone of the note, to her 'darling' cousin Diana Bowes-Lyon, is in stark contrast to the gravity of the role fate was preparing for Elizabeth.