As parents, we’re often exasperated by the sheer volume of plastic, breakable toys that are no match for a boisterous toddler.
But a quick look back at the type of toys given to children 80 years ago shows just how durable playthings used to be back then, as we can see from the items being put on display in a new Royal exhibition.
Royal Childhood will be held at Buckingham Palace between Saturday 26th July and Sunday 28th September, showcasing the dolls, rocking horses and other toys enjoyed by Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Anne when they were tiny.
Wouldn’t you just love to give your little ones toys like these to play with?
The little princess plays with a Parisian doll in this gorgeous sepia snap. (Royal Collection Trust)
Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother
Elizabeth and her mum the Duchess of York stand outside a miniature cottage - the Royal version of a wendy house - that was given to the future queen when she turned six.
Princess Lilibet, seen here at two-and-a-half, parades around the grounds of the family home in Piccadilly with her dolly pram. (Royal Collection Trust)
Wooden wheelbarrow in the shape of a dog
This sweet little wheelbarrow was spotted in a picture of the Queen Mother, Princess Anne and Prince Charles. (Royal Collection Trust)
George III's Royal rattle
Royal tots certainly never went without in the playroom - this is a silver filigree rattle given to the future George III in 1763. (Royal Collection Trust)
Queen Elizabeth's tea-set
Just look at this gorgeous teeny tea-set given to Princess Elizabeth in her childhood. Isn't it lovely? (Royal Collection Trust)
Queen Elizabeth's bowling pins
We love these wooden Knockemdown Ninepins that Elizabeth played with in the 1930s. (Royal Collection Trust)
Royal rocking horse
If only modern toys were made like this! Feast your eyes on the rocking horse that Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret played with in their Royal nursery. (Royal Collection Trust)
The princesses' Parisian dolls
Can't you just see the future Queen and her sister playing with these dolls when they were young?
Here is Princess Margaret and her favourite doll. (Royal Collection Trust)
The Royal princesses
The two Royal siblings play on their rocking horse. (Royal Collection Trust)
Commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1840, this font has been used to baptise Royal tots ever since - including baby Prince George! The waterlillies around the outside are supposed to represent new life and purity - perfect for a Royal christening. (Royal Collection Trust)
Princess Elizabeth's wicker pram
The future Queen reportedly loved her little wicker pram and used to drive her dolls up and down the nursery with it. (Royal Collection Trust)
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret's wooden horse
How cute is this little wooden horse? We wonder if the Royal princesses ever fought over whose turn it was to play with it... (Royal Collection Trust)
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