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13 June 2024

Rare footage: Queen Elizabeth playing with Prince Charles [video]

The family footage was filmed in 1949 when the Prince was one. (Clarence House)

By Ajanta Paul

Britian's royal family has released an intimate family footage showing Queen Elizabeth II playing with Prince Charles at home when he was just one-year-old. The video was uploaded to mark the Mother's Day.

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Giving a rare insight into Royal life, the clip shows the then Princess Elizabeth, aged 23, looking adoringly at her son, tickling him on the sofa and encouraging him to walk.

Clarence House tweeted the touching film from 1949 and 1950, which was directed by Prince Philip's private secretary Michael Parker, earlier today in celebration of Mothering Sunday.

The tweet from Clarence House read: 'Today, we’re sharing this video of The Queen and The Prince of Wales having fun at home in 1949. Happy Mother’s Day.'

The short clip, produced by the monarch herself and entitled Prince Charles at Home, was shown to her guests at a reception for the British Film Industry in April 2013.

During the video, which is 50 seconds long, the Queen can be seen enticing the young prince to take steps across the drawing room with a set of numbered bricks on a tray.

He falls down as he reaches out for the blocks, before trying to grab them again.

The black and white film then cuts to a scene outside, in which the young prince is seen walking out of the house entrance wearing long socks and a cute coat, before turning back to see his mother smiling and waving out of the window.

In a further clip, the Queen is sitting on the sofa with a book laid out on her lap while giggling as she playfully tickles and cuddles her young son, who has also has a beaming smile.

Clarence House also shared an adorable photo on its Instagram page, showing the Queen with her arm around Prince Charles as she reads him a book.

Snippets of the clips were first shown as part of the Queen’s Christmas Day broadcast in 2008 as a tribute to her son and heir, who turned 60 that year.