A newly published diary recounts the Queen's childhood from 1940-45.

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The Windsor Diaries, released on May 4, written by Alathea Fitzlan Howard, is a book containing her rare diary entries. Ms Howard grew up with the future monarch and Princess Margaret. The detailed entries from the diary recount the close friendship Ms Howard had with the Queen and Princess Margaret as well as private conversations they shared about day-to-day life and Prince Philip.

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Isabella Naylor-Leyland, Ms Howard’s niece, adapted the book after Ms Howard passed away in 2001.

Speaking to Town&Country, Ms Naylor-Leyland said: “I think with the Queen, it was a sort of a typical teenage friendship, and they would laugh and giggle and enjoy each other's company and didn't discuss anything too serious.

“Princess Margaret was the sort of naughty one. And I think Alathea adored her, really, and admired her spirit.

“And, unwittingly, she often wishes that Lilibet, as she was called at the time, had more of her sister’s spark, but, of course, we all know that it's extremely lucky that she didn't and that she was a much more steady character.”

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The book serves a dual purpose as a historical document and a set of evocative accounts that offer new insight into the Royal Family.

Ms Howard met the Queen and her sister when she moved to Windsor Great Park to live with her grandfather at Cumberland Lodge during the war years.

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