The Queen is known for many things – being the stoic face of the nation, the epitome of the British stiff upper lip, a Christmas Day constant, and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. But one of her dearest childhood friends is opening up about her friend ‘Lillibet’ in a new ITV documentary which lifts the lid on the character of an extraordinary life.
Lady Pamela Hicks, 91, is the daughter of Lord Mountbatten, the uncle of Prince Philip who was slain in an IRA bomb attack in 1979.
She was also one of the Queen’s closest friends as a child, when she was Princess Elizabeth, and by her side as lady-in-waiting as she took the throne.
In the ITV programme, My Years With The Queen, Lady Pamela will reveal some fascinating details about the young ‘Lillibet’ as she reads from her old journals.
Amongst these are hilarious insights into the life of a cheeky young princess.
While the royal party were asleep at the Treetops hotel, Kenya’s oldest safari lodge, the King died in England.
Lady Pamela wrote: “She climbed up that ladder as a Princess and then, in the morning, she came down the ladder as Queen. But she didn’t know.”
She will tell how Prince Philip, hearing the news from a “stunned” aide, took his wife for a walk to break the news to her.
Lady Pamela recalls: “You could see the moment she’s been told, the body language.
“She stopped walking and slumped a bit. And one thought, how awful…