Queen Elizabeth Shared Throwback Images of Her Teenage Self During Latest Virtual Appearance

Queen Elizabeth is taking a trip down memory lane—and she’s even giving fans a peek at her teenage years.

Last week, the 95-year-old participated in a video chat with the Royal Life Saving Society, the U.K.'s leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education. During the conversation, Her Majesty—who has been patron of the organization since 1952—spoke to the society's lifesavers and researchers.

Luckily, the royal family’s official social media account shared a clip from the Zoom on IG. In the footage, Elizabeth revealed that she received a special honor from the RLSS almost 80 years ago: the Society's Junior Respiration Award. It’s given to someone who can set an example for young people and raise awareness about lifesaving and resuscitation qualifications across the Commonwealth.

“I didn’t realize I was the first one—I just did it, and had to work very hard for it!” Elizabeth recalled of receiving the honor in 1941. “It was a great achievement and I was very proud to wear the badge on the front of my swimming suit. It was very grand, I thought.”

And the video didn’t just include Liz discussing the major event in her life—it also featured images of the monarch in the swimming pool at the bathhouse, at age “12 or 14.”

Of course, we weren’t the only ones who loved these glimpses into the past. Fans and followers filled the comments section with sweet nods to the queen, as well as compliments about her impressive memory. One user wrote, “That's Beautiful. What a lovely memory. Well done your Majesty. You are a great humble inspiration for all.”

Keep these throwbacks coming, Liz.

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