Let’s meet again! The Crown recreates the late Queen’s famous secret walk with her sister, Princess Margaret, among crowds celebrating VE Day
Excitedly running arm in arm down The Mall, this is the moment a young Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret slid down to join the triumphant VE Day crowds, well, sort of.
Although no footage of the princesses’ 1945 incognito outing exists, The Crown is once again filling in the blanks by depicting the scene in its next series.
Actresses Viola Prettejohn, 19, and Beau Gadsdon, 14, who played young Elizabeth and Margaret, were captured reenacting the morning after the party in May 1945 for the Netflix show.
Miss Prettejohn, who starred in HBO’s The Nevers, is dressed in the Queen’s junior commander’s uniform, while Miss Gadsdon wears pink and pearls.
Although no images are available, a young Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret stepped out to join the triumphant VE Day crowds. Pictured: revelers on May 8, 1945
(L-R) Princess Elizabeth before she became Queen, the Queen Mother, King George VI and Princess Margaret wave on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on VE Day, 1945
Actresses Viola Prettejohn (left), 19, and Beau Gadsdon (right), 14, who played young Elizabeth and Margaret, were captured reenacting the morning after party in May 1945 for the Netflix show.
Miss Prettejohn (left), who starred in HBO’s The Nevers, is dressed in the Queen’s junior commander’s uniform, while Miss Gadsdon (right) wears pink and pearls.
Although no footage of the princesses’ incognito outing in 1945 exists, The Crown fills in the blanks again by depicting the scene in its next series.
The princesses received permission from their father, George VI, to leave Buckingham Palace and join the party.
The late Queen, who served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service from 1944 to 1945 and was 19 when the war ended, once said she was “terrified of being recognized” in a crowd and pulled her uniform cap down over her eyes before that an officer told her to go
“One grenadier officer from our group of about 16 people said he refused to be seen in the company of another badly dressed officer, so I had to put my cap on normally,” he said in 1985, the 40th anniversary of VE Day.
It is believed that series six of The Crown will begin with Diana’s death in 1997.