Life's a picnic lunching with Lilibet

BRITISH royal souvenirs aren’t created equal.

Last year’s nuptials spawned a William and Kate fridge, royal wedding beer (varieties include ‘‘Kiss Me Kate’’ ale) and a Catherine Middleton doll.

All in the best possible taste.

If you bought any of those on eBay, perhaps you should stop reading. What Jerry Garland, from Warabrook, has sent us could trigger some sort of royal watcher’s seizure. It’s that exciting.

Mr Garland, you see, inherited his mother Judy’s photo album when she died at the age of 97. Yes, her name was Judy Garland. She also worked at Windsor Castle as a nanny to the children of the king’s private secretary, Lord Hardinge.

The late Mrs Garland had a box brownie camera that she sometimes used to take photos of the children in her care. She snapped away on holidays, picnics and outings.

Among the photos Mr Garland sent us from his mother’s collection is this image of two little girls on holiday at Loch Muick in Scotland. We’re not sure who they are, but we wonder: what happened to the toy sword?

Now look at the other photos. The two girls facing the camera, and the picnic scene.

The picnic, Mr Garland garnered from his mother’s notes, was at Balmoral. The children are gathered in a little circle, as you can see. Now. See the little girl facing the camera second from far right? The one wearing white?

She went by the nickname ‘‘Lilibet’’. Yes. Mr Garland tells us that’s the Queen.

You can see her more clearly in the one of the two girls facing the camera. She’s on the left.

Mr Garland recently sent copies to Buckingham Palace.

A Lady-in-Waiting, he tells us, replied that she’d laid them before the Queen, who said they ‘‘revived many happy memories’’.

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