See a Rare (and Gorgeous) Photo of Queen Elizabeth at Age 13

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Now this is what we call a throwback. While visiting Send a Cow charity in Bath, England, Prince Charles was presented with a rarely-seen portrait of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, taken by Canadian photographer Lawrence Audrain in 1939 when she was just thirteen years old.

The gorgeous black-and-white photo shows the then Princess Elizabeth wearing a short-sleeved dress with horizontal pleats adorned with bows, a pearl necklace, and a barrette holding back her short curly hair. Audrain took several portraits of the young princess to mark an upcoming royal tour of the United States, but this one was ultimately not chosen because the Queen Mother thought it was too informal, according to People. The photographer kept the shot in his attic for many years before it was passed down to his daughter, who ultimately gifted it to Simon Barnes, the chief executive of Send a Cow.

"I'll see if Mama remembers it, and remembers what she was wearing when it was taken," a delighted Prince Charles told Barnes upon receiving the gift. With the Queen's 90th birthday this April, we're sure the framed portrait was a very special present for the prince.

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