King Charles III reveals precious childhood memory of Queen Elizabeth II 'practicing wearing the crown' at bathtime

King Charles III and his siblings have shared some touching new childhood memories of their late mother

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King Charles III has shared a sweet childhood memory of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II following her death on Thursday, September 8.


Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles spoke in the BBC One Special - A Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen. The new King recalled a sweet moment before Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1952, when he was just three years old. 

He said, "I shall never forget, when we were small, having a bath and she came in practicing wearing the crown before the coronation," he said. "All those sorts of marvellous moments, I shall never forget."

He added, "She was always there, I could talk to her about this, that, or the other. I think that's always going to be something that will be very difficult not to have."

The Queen's only daughter, Princess Anne, also shared childhood memories of family holidays. "There was a lot going on in those periods... it was probably the times she most enjoyed," she admitted.

"Partly because it included all the things she enjoyed - the countryside, the dogs, the horses, and just being out and about - and being able to get away a bit from that public gaze."

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Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son, Prince Edward, reminisced about the Queen's entrance to the 2012 London Olympic games opening ceremony.

A short film shows the Queen at Buckingham Palace meeting Daniel Craig, who played the famous secret agent James Bond in five films. With her beloved corgies in tow, the monarch boards a helicopter and then skydives into the Olympic stadium - with some help from a stunt double.

Prince Edward described it as "probably the most jaw-dropping moment in any film television production." He said, "There was Daniel Craig as James Bond, arriving at Buckingham Palace… and everybody, wherever you were in the world, was thinking exactly the same thought - who will be playing the Queen? And it was the Queen."

He added, "And it had the same effect on everybody who was watching - they just couldn't believe it. I thought it was an extraordinary moment because it just showed that fantastic twinkle and sense of humour - the fact that my mother kept that completely to herself, and the team didn't tell anybody was just brilliant."

These new details come after King Charles III paid tribute to his mother as he addressed the nation for the first time as King, saying, "Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today."

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