Photo of Queen and Princess Anne starring in pantomime at Windsor Castle goes on sale for £ 1,500

A rare photograph of Queen and Princess Margaret starring in a royal pantomime at Windsor Castle has been sold via an auction house for an expected £ 1,500.

Princess Elizabeth was 18 when she starred as Lady Christina Sherwood in ‘Old Mother Red Riding Boots’ in the 1944 amateur drama to lift the spirits during World War II.

14-year-old Margaret played the esteemed Lucinda Fairfax in the show, which was performed for the armed forces and local children.

12-inch by 8-inch black-and-white image of the large ensemble starring on stage shows Elizabeth looking gorgeous in a sparkling dress.

Princess Elizabeth was 18 when she starred as Lady Christina Sherwood in 'Old Mother Red Riding Boots' in the 1944 amateur drama to lift the spirits during World War II.  Margaret, 14, played the esteemed Lucinda Fairfax in the show, which was performed for armed forces and local children

Princess Elizabeth was 18 when she starred as Lady Christina Sherwood in ‘Old Mother Red Riding Boots’ in the 1944 amateur drama to lift the spirits during World War II. Margaret, 14, played the esteemed Lucinda Fairfax in the show, which was performed for armed forces and local children

The photo and panto program, which shows Elizabeth and Margaret as cast members and also part of the ballet scenes, belonged to Stanley Williams, who was the director of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

Margaret stands to her left in an elegant gown, and they are surrounded by dozens of other artists from the Windsor Castle community and the Royal Windsor School.

The Royal Horse Guard Orchestra, which provided the musical accompaniment to the morally boosting production, is lined up at the front of the stage.

The photo and panto program, which shows Elizabeth and Margaret as cast members and also part of the ballet scenes, belonged to Stanley Williams, who was the director of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

He is mentioned as the ‘manager’ of the pantomime in the program, and the archive has been in his family for eight decades.

They are now selling the photo, which was taken by the royal photographers Studio Lisa, program and a ticket to the show with auctioneers William George in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

A spokesman for William George said: ‘Stanley Williams was a longtime royal servant and was superintendent of Windsor Castle and later Buckingham Palace before his retirement.

The costumes were worn by teenage princess Elizabeth and princess Margaret as they walked on stage in an old mother red riding boots pantomime and Aladdin (pictured)

The costumes were worn by teenage princess Elizabeth and princess Margaret as they walked on stage in an old mother red riding boots pantomime and Aladdin (pictured)

The costume Margaret wore as Princess Roxana in a production of Aladdin in 1943

Margaret as Princess Roxana in Aladdin in 1943

Princess Margaret, the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II, dressed as Princess Roxana with the costume she wore

‘The capelin comes from the family as they want to ensure that it remains in the hands of someone who values ​​this group of objects’ historical significance.

‘Old Mother Red Riding Boots was an opportunity for Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret to provide wartime entertainment for the armed forces and children of Windsor.

“Needless to say, the Royal Family and the staff at Windsor Castle worked very hard to provide light entertainment to the audience at a time when this was in short supply.”

The show, which combines elements from several different fairy tales, is written and produced by school principal Hubert Tanner.

It was built between 21.-23. December 1944, with up to 600 people, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, present. The sale will take place tomorrow.

Another costume worn by Princess Elizabeth in a 1943 production of Aladdin

Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) in costume depicted during a royal pantomime production by Aladdin at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, in 1943

Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) in costume depicted during a royal pantomime production by Aladdin at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, in 1943

The costume Princess Margaret wore in the production of old mother's red riding boots

Princess Margaret during a royal pantomime production of Old Mother Red Riding Boots at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, in 1944

Princess Margaret during a royal pantomime production of Old Mother Red Riding Boots at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, in 1944

It comes just a month after costumes made for a teenage princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret as they walked on stage in an old mother red riding boots pantomime were on display for the first time.

Visitors will be able to see the dazzling decorations and incredible costumes of State Apartments – which are separated from the Queen’s private quarters at Windsor Castle.

A young Elizabeth, now the queen, wore a long-sleeved pink satin and lace dress to play Lady Christina Sherwood for production during World War II when she was 18 years old.

She also wore a chintz shirt, pants and sun hat to a stage by the sea where Margaret wore a blue taffeta dress with cream plums to play the venerable Lucinda Fairfax.

The carefully preserved outfits will be on public display for the first time as part of a special Christmas exhibition at Windsor Castle in Berkshire’s Royal Residence until 31 January.

They appear along with the outfits the princesses wore to their war-era Aladdin pantomime, which has previously been exhibited.

The dress Princess Elizabeth wore during a production of Old Mother Red Riding Boots

Princess Elizabeth in a production of Old Mother Red Riding Boots in 1944

Princess Elizabeth in a production of Old Mother Red Riding Boots in 1944 and the costume she wore

Mother wore red riding boots and performed with children from the Windsor Castle community and the Royal Windsor School.

The specially created show combined elements from a variety of pantomimes and fairy tales and is written and produced by Hubert Tanner, the school’s principal.

It was performed three times in December 1944, and for each performance, tickets were made available to audiences of between 300 and 600 people.

Specially discounted seats were offered to members of the armed forces, and dress rehearsals were attended by staff from the Ministry of Work and Planning, who assisted with the technical arrangements for each production.

The princesses’ parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family attended each pantomime.

All proceeds from the productions were donated to the Royal Household Wool Fund to donate wool to make quilts for soldiers fighting at the front.

Couturiers of the surviving costumes are unknown, but many of those worn in the royal pantomimes between 1941 and 1944 were supplied by two theatrical costume companies, H&M Rayne and L&H Nathan.

The princesses also wore some of their own clothes for certain scenes, including day and evening ensembles created by British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell.

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