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Rare Queen photo released ahead of 90th birthday celebration show

Published 14/05/2016

A still image taken from rare archive footage that will feature in The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration which airs Sunday at 8.35pm on ITV. The picture shows Princess Elizabeth with a bird on her arm (HM The Queen/PA)
A still image taken from rare archive footage that will feature in The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration which airs Sunday at 8.35pm on ITV. The picture shows Princess Elizabeth with a bird on her arm (HM The Queen/PA)
A still image taken from rare archive footage that will feature in The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration which airs Sunday at 8.35pm on ITV. The picture shows Princess Elizabeth swimming with her father, King George VI (HM The Queen/PA)

A third rare image of the Queen has been released as celebrations to mark the monarch's 90th birthday continue with a star-studded show in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The photo, seen publicly for the first time, shows a young, smiling, Princess Elizabeth with her sister and their father.

Princess Margaret and George VI are each holding one of the Queen's beloved corgis.

The colour photo was released a day after two black and white i mages from archive footage were published ahead of a gala show which will look back on the Queen's long reign, and feature an array of celebrities including Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue.

One of the photos shows a young Princess Elizabeth ready to go for a swim with her father.

With her arms outstretched and a beaming smile, the future Queen stands alongside George VI on the edge of an outdoor swimming pool, ready to take a dip.

In another she is seen looking intently as a bird rests on her arm.

Ant and Dec will host the programme, featuring more than 1,500 performers from singers Katherine Jenkins and Dame Shirley Bassey, to actors Imelda Staunton and Dame Helen Mirren.

The show will cover the Queen's early years, teenage life, Second World War and Coronation to the present day.

Her love of horses will be represented, with more than 900 of the animals set to take part in the celebration.

:: The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration airs on Sunday at 8.35pm on ITV.

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