In the garden of Windsor’s Royal Lodge in Berkshire, England, tucked away from public view stands a miniature thatched cottage with white-washed walls. For the past eighty years, the Little House or Y Bwthyn Bach, has been the play den for the Queen and generations of royal children.
The playhouse was presented to Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret in March 1932 on behalf of ‘the people of Wales’ on the occasion of Elizabeth’s sixth birthday. At that time, Elizabeth’s parents were the Duke and Duchess of York, who were never in line for the throne. But when Prince Albert’s elder brother renounced the throne, the Duke reluctantly allowed himself to be crowed the King of England, sealing the fate of little Elizabeth.
Princess Elizabeth standing in front of her playhouse.