Rare photos of teenage Queen Elizabeth released

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    LONDON (CBS) - Wednesday, the public is getting a never-before-seen look at Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, thanks to rare photos from her teenage years. They reveal a side of her you might not know.

    If only things had gone differently, maybe her majesty would have her name in lights rather than her face on the money here. She's used to being on the world stage, but these pictures show she seemed pretty comfortable in the spotlight as a teenager.

    She wasn't yet queen, but here's then Princess Elizabeth playing a starring role of the prince in Cinderella.

    The pictures captured her teenage years, from 15, as she performed a series of Christmas school plays along with her little sister Princess Margaret.

    They've have never been made public before.

    They were taken 70 years ago at Windsor Castle, outside London. The girls were evacuated there from Buckingham Palace to escape the air raids of World War II.

    The lavish productions played to a small privileged audience and funds went toward supporting the troops.

    They're seen performing in pantomimes, a very British Christmas tradition, a farcical take on traditional stories where girl usually plays boy.

    That's why she plays the prince in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and later the lead role of Aladdin. One person says, "To see these images of her as a young girl, dressing up in Aladdin, dressing up in boys' clothes, as boys characters I think really shows the other side of her, that we obviously don't get to see in her normal duties."

    Maybe it runs in the family. Like Charles pulling the Fresh Prince of the turntables and Prince William willing to prove he skipped singing lessons at a charity event last week.

    And as for Harry, really any excuse to get jiggy will do.

    Those old pictures help show why when it comes to putting on a performance, the fruit doesn't fall far from the royal tree.

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