In honour of World Book Day yesterday, the Queen brought her royal fans back in time by sharing an adorable picture on social media. The Royal Family’s Twitter account, which represents the Monarch and Prince Philip, published a picture of a copy of Alice In Wonderland, the famous literature masterpiece by Lewis Carroll, bearing the signature of the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth.
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The caption to the picture read: “This image shows The Queen’s (then Princess Elizabeth) name written in her own handwriting inside her childhood copy of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.”
The signature appears to have been written using a pencil, right under the printed words “This is the book of”.
So what did her handwriting reveal about the royal?
According to Emma Bache, the UK’s leading graphologist, the Queen’s handwriting showed signs of “precision and balance beyond her years” when she signed her copy of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
Emma said: “The young Elizabeth showed a precision and balance beyond her years but the wide spaces between the letters denote her need for privacy but also independence of spirit.”
According to the expert, the slight pause in handwriting between letters E and L suggests that the Queen was trying to be “cautious” when writing her name neatly in the book.
She continued: “After the Initial E there is a pause and garland before the rest of her name which highlights a more cautious and self-effacing nature which would prevent her self confidence becoming arrogance.”
However, according to the expert the young Elizabeth’s handwriting shows “careful strokes” and control”.
Emma revealed: “The well-defined light and shade of her ink strokes show a vivaciousness and sensual nature.
“The regularity and careful strokes would ensure that the young Elizabeth was at all times in control of her emotions and behaviour whilst retaining a natural sense of humour,” she added.
Her handwriting as a young royal revealed that she had a “natural sense of humour”, according to the expert.
The reason behind this throwback tweet was to mark World Book Day, an initiative aiming to give every child and young person a book of their own and tackle illiteracy.
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Later, the picture was followed by another tweet from the Royal Family including a quote by the Queen on the joy of reading.
The tweet read: “The magic of our childhoods – the characters, the stories, the imagination of it all – is an enduring and essential part of our culture.”
Her Majesty spoke in these terms during an event held at Buckingham Palace to celebrate British children’s literature in 2006.
Royal fans welcomed the throwback tweet with excited comments. One described the picture as “enchanting” while another said that the page of the book was “a treasure”.
A third noted: “Wow! Her Majesty’s signature has remained remarkably consistent!”
However, the Queen was not the only Royal Family member that shared a picture to mark World Book Day on social media.
Earlier in the same day, Clarence House shared two pictures of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in the company of children with a book in their hands.
The pictures were accompanied by a caption reading: “Today is #WorldBookDay when the wonderful world of reading is recognised around the globe.
“The Duchess of Cornwall believes every person, young and old, should be able to share the love of reading.”
The Duchess has often expressed her love for literature and her strong belief every child need to be given the literacy skills needed to succeed in life. Camilla, a passionate reader herself, is the patron of the National Literacy Trust.
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