The Queen of England has stepped back in time. On the occasion of a virtual event organized last week by the Royal Life Saving Society, a drowning prevention charity, Elizabeth II, present by videoconference, commented on some archive footage. On one of the black and white photos, we see Her Majesty, now 95 years old, in the middle of first aid in a swimming pool. Wearing a bathing cap, Elizabeth II swims on her back while pulling, with the help of her arms, a young woman. “It was taking place in the club’s pool. I must have been 12 or 14 years old. It was a long time ago,” said the British monarch.
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“Your majesty when you say that it was a very long time ago, it was in reality 80 years ago”, outbid a member of the association. This clarification visibly amused Queen Elizabeth II, who reacted with a laugh tinged with self-mockery. The Queen of England has not lost her sense of humor a month after the death of her husband Prince Philip.
Godmother of the association since 1952, she had received the Junior Breathing Award eleven years earlier, when she was only 14 years old. An award given to someone who can lead by example and educate young people about rescue and resuscitation across the Commonwealth. She had become the youngest in the Commonwealth to receive this honor.
In the excerpt shared by the royal family’s Twitter and Instagram account, we see the young Elizabeth II in a swimsuit on which is hung a medal. “I didn’t realize I was the first one – I did it, that’s all, and I had to work really hard for it!”, She assures before concluding: “I ‘ was very proud to wear the badge on the front of my swimsuit.
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