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  • October 27, 2022

Formal education, or the lack of it, was a notable aspect of Princess Elizabeth’s early life.

The future Queen never enrolled at school.

Instead she was taught at home by tutors, a decision taken by her father, then the Duke of York, and approved by George V and the Baldwin Cabinet.

In the first half of the 20th century, a home-based education for upper-class girls was the norm rather than exceptional.

Elizabeth and Margaret

Princess Elizabeth, with sister Princess Margaret, was taught at home (PA)

At first, Elizabeth had lessons in a boudoir, off the main drawing room of her parents’ London home

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  • September 22, 2022
A wartime picture of Princess Elizabeth (right) and Princess Margaret after they broadcast on “Children’s Hour” from Buckingham Palace (PA) (PA Archive)

A wartime picture of Princess Elizabeth (right) and Princess Margaret after they broadcast on “Children’s Hour” from Buckingham Palace (PA) (PA Archive)

Formal education – or the lack of it – was a notable aspect of Princess Elizabeth’s early life.

The future Queen never enrolled at school.

Instead she was taught at home by tutors – a decision taken by her father, then the Duke of York, and approved by George V and the Baldwin Cabinet.

In the first half of the 20th century, a home-based education for upper-class girls was the norm rather than exceptional.

At first, Elizabeth

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