Charming photo showing Queen’s ‘scribbled’ handwriting is shared for the first time

A previously unseen photo showing the handwriting has been shared for the first time by Jenny Hanley, a former Bond Girl and radio presenter.

Ms Hanley’s grandparents Lisa and Jimmy Sheridan ran Studio Lisa and took pictures of the for three generations.

Lisa Sheridan took the black and white photograph, which also shows the young monarch’s “scribbled” handwriting.

The photo, taken in 1942, shows the then-Princess Elizabeth in a Girlguiding uniform, an organisation she joined in 1937 aged 11.

Speaking on her Saturday afternoon radio show Ms Hanley shared memories of her grandparents and their experiences with the royals.

She said: “Last Saturday would have been my mother’s birthday so I, like so many other people whether monarchists or not, shall be unashamedly sharing reminiscences both personal and historical – plus, of course, playing songs to cheer us up and to keep us going.

“On my show, I’m going to be talking about a wonderful photograph of Her Majesty as a Girl Guide.

“My grandmother Lisa Sheridan had taken the photograph, and she sent it to the palace and wrote that because it was in black and white, ‘could somebody please tell me what the colour of the badges were that the princess was wearing’.

“And a letter came back along with the photo with notations on it from Windsor Castle from Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret’s governess Marion Crawford, nicknamed Crawfie by the princesses, saying ‘enclosed are the Guide studies.

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“My grandmother had a lovely sense of humour, which I think is why she got on so well with the Duke and Duchess when they first started taking photos of the royal family.

“They were the first to do the relaxed family photographs of the royal family, and that set the precedent for the photos we see today.

“But they were always done with respect. The photographs were offered to the palace and the Duke and Duchess, and then the Queen, would look at them and either give permission or not.

“And then went on to be By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. They had their ‘by appointment’ badges outside their house in Welwyn Garden City. It was a huge honour.”