Sunday, 8 December 2013

Princesses in Panto

What did Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth get up to in Windsor Castle during World War II? They donned wigs and fancy costumes and performed in Christmas pantomimes. This photo shows Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth on the set of Cinderella in Windsor Castle in 1941. Both girls signed the photo. I've no idea who was the bewigged buffoon in the centre, but he may have been Hubert Tannar, headmaster of the nearby Royal School and an enthusiastic amateur actor. This is one of the lots in an historic archive made between 1940 and 1944. Star pupil and fellow actor Cyril Woods collected the photos and left them to friends when he died in 2001. Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Gloucestershire, have split the archive into 36 lots with a total estimated value of £16,000. The auction is on 11 December (CLICK).


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