The Queens Christmas pantomime appearances including Cinderella and Aladdin

During the Second World War, the Queen and Princess Margaret were evacuated to the countryside at Windsor Castle in order to avoid the bombings in London.

As part of the evacuation, the two sisters were encouraged by their parents – George VI and Queen Elizabeth – to help boost the morale of other children separated from their parents.

To do so, the young royals interacted with local children at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, partaking in pantomimes including Cinderella and Aladdin.

According to Town and Country, Margaret stuck to female roles whereas the Queen bucked tradition by playing a number of male roles including Prince Florizel in Cinderella, Prince Salvador in Sleeping Beauty, and the lead in Aladdin.

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“It was that very interesting period during the Second World War when the two princesses lived not too far away from here Royal Lodge, in the Great Park,” said Caroline de Guitaut, Deputy Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Arts at Royal Collection Trust.

She added: “They were really encouraged in fact by the King and Queen to encounter other children, local children, and also children of the castle community to keep them company during those you know very dark, dark times.”

Having taken part in various productions, some of the costumes worn by Her Majesty and Princess Margaret are now on display at the Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle.

Visitors will be able to see a costume from a 1943 performance of Aladdin as well as a 1944 production of Old Mother Red Riding Boots.

In Aladdin, the 95 year old wore an elaborate turquoise jacket and dungarees whereas Margaret – playing Princess Roxana – wore a red silk dress.

And in Old Mother Red Riding Boots, the Queen wore a stunning pink satin dress as part of her role as Lady Christina Sherwood. During a seaside scene, a costume change saw her opting for a chintz shirt, trousers and sunhat.

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In the same play, Princess Margaret wore a blue dress and bloomers as The Honourable Lucinda Fairfax.

As reported in Time magazine, it wasn’t soon after the pantomimes that the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen began courting.

After Prince Philip watched her in Aladdin, Queen Mary of Teck, told her friend that the pair had: “been in love for the past eighteen months. In fact longer, I think.”

Photographs, scripts and programmes of the festive plays went up to auction in 2013, with two scrapbooks of photos selling for £3200.

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