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Rare Royal Photo Alert: Young Queen Elizabeth Actually Looks *Giddy* in 1948 Pic with Newborn Prince Charles
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Sure, we're pretty used to seeing Kate Middleton and Prince William on the steps outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital to introduce Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, but have you ever stopped to think about how royal baby births of yore went down?

Well, the ABC documentary The Story of the Royals (a two-parter) gave us a glimpse via this rare pic of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1948 holding a newborn Prince Charles at home. As we already know from The Crown, Queen Eliz actually gave birth to Charles inside the walls of Buckingham Palace. (Why go to the hospital when you're royal and can bring the hospital to you, right?) This throwback pic was snapped inside the music room of the palace when Charles was just six months old. 

But here's what we can't get over: Queen Elizabeth looks positively gleeful in her role as new mom. (Charles was her first-born, as you'll recall.) In fact, we rarely see her grinning ear to ear like that—unless of course she's hanging with her granddaughters-in-law Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

We get it, the early days of motherhood are filled with bliss. We're bowing down to the royal photographer who—a cool 70 years ago—managed to capture all that joy.

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