For those that watched the movie The Kings Speech, there was some interesting insight into the home life of Princess Elizabeth. With a peek into the royal nursery, Elizabeth was quite fond of her dolls and equestrian toys — which would become a life long passion for horses. At the same time, Madame Alexander was making dolls for the American market celebrating the young princess who was just about to make a huge bump in rank by becoming a royal princess, and heir to the British throne, once her uncle abdicated in 1936 and her father became king.
Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret had their play dolls, which were well played with, and they had dolls presented to them in a ceremonial capacity. The Royal Collection Trust has maintained a fascinating reserve of both of these dolls and toys — providing a unique look into these unique lives. The princesses grow up right at the brink of WWII, and lived with the war in London. They had virtually no friends their own age, so their play world was even more important.
Part of the fascination is enhanced by the long tradition of beautiful dolls created by Madame Alexander celebrating Princess Elizabeth who would become Queen Elizabeth, and a mother with children of her own. This all composition jointed body, glassine sleep eyes, real upper lashes, painted lower lashes, open smiling mouth with teeth and felt tongue. Betty face mold, with a mohair wig, was part of the early composition dolls by Alexander that would develop with the newest technology of each decade.
Part of the collection that showcases the childhood dolls and toys of Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret