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Teenage Queen Elizabeth II pictured in royal pantomimes

A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013, shows a signed photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (centre), now Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret (right) dressed for the play Aladdin in Windsor in 1943
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013, shows a signed photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (centre), now Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret (right) dressed for the play Aladdin in Windsor in 1943. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013, shows a signed photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (right), now Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret (left) on the set of the play Cinderella in Windsor in 1
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013, shows a signed photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (right), now Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret (left) on the set of the play Cinderella in Windsor in 1941. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013, shows a signed photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (left), now Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret (right) performing in the play Cindarella at the Royal Sc
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013, shows a signed photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (left), now Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret (right) performing in the play Cindarella at the Royal School in Windsor in 1941. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013, shows a photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (second, right), now Queen Elizabeth II, and Princess Margaret (right) in the play Aladdin at the Royal School in
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013, shows a photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (second, right), now Queen Elizabeth II, and Princess Margaret (right) in the play Aladdin at the Royal School in Windsor in 1943. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013, shows a photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (right) (now Queen Elizabeth II), Princess Margaret (left) and the Queen Mother (centre)  on the se
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013, shows a photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (right) (now Queen Elizabeth II), Princess Margaret (left) and the Queen Mother (centre)  on the set of the play Cinderella in Windsor in 1941. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013 shows a photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (right), now Queen Elizabeth II, and Princess Margaret (left) in the play Aladdin at the Royal School in Windsor in
A handout reproduction picture released by Dominic Winter Auctioneers on Dec 4, 2013 shows a photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth (right), now Queen Elizabeth II, and Princess Margaret (left) in the play Aladdin at the Royal School in Windsor in 1943. Pictures of the young royals dressed up in wigs and costumes for performances have been made public ahead of their auction in Britain on Dec 11. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - She's showing far more leg than would be appropriate for a monarch, but Queen Elizabeth II was still a teenage princess when she was photographed in fancy dress during private royal pantomimes in the 1940s.

The pictures of the young royal and her little sister Margaret dressed up in wigs and costumes for performances of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin have been made public ahead of their auction in Britain on December 11.

"The pantomime albums are highly atmospheric and you can see both princesses growing from childhood to adulthood," said auctioneer Chris Albury.

"But the albums are further dramatically charged when you consider the wartime backdrop to these luxury pantomimes performed at Windsor Castle." The photographs are thought to have been taken between 1940 and 1944, when Britain was in the throes of World War II, and many of them were signed by the two princesses.

The pantomimes were produced by Hubert Tannar, headmaster of the nearby Royal School and an enthusiastic amateur actor.

One of his star pupils, Cyril Woods, also acted in the shows and struck up a lasting friendship with the queen.

Mr Woods collected the photographs and before his death in 2001 left them to friends, who have now decided to sell.

Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester, southwest England, estimate the archive will sell for more than 16,000 pounds (S$32,825).