Princess Elizabeth (right) and Princess Margaret after they broadcast on Children's Hour from Buckingham Palace 13101940 CREDIT PA
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On This Day: Queen's First Public Address 80 Years Ago During WW2

The then-Princess Elizabeth delivered a broadcast on Children’s Hour during the Second World War on this day in 1940.

Princess Elizabeth (right) and Princess Margaret after they broadcast on Children's Hour from Buckingham Palace 13101940 CREDIT PA

It is 80 years since Her Majesty The Queen's first-ever public address was made.

On 13 October 1940, then-Princess Elizabeth delivered a broadcast on Children’s Hour during the Second World War.

The 14-year-old royal, joined by her sister Princess Margaret at Windsor Castle, called on evacuated youngsters to have courage, telling them she and Margaret knew what it was like to be separated from those they loved.

The princess sent her best wishes to the children who had been evacuated from Britain to America, Canada and elsewhere.

In the crackling radio message, she said: "Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers.

"My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much for you as we know from experience what it means to be away from those we love most of all."

Margaret was only 10 at the time and joined in by saying goodbye.

Elizabeth remarked: "My sister is by my side and we are both going to say good night to you. Come on, Margaret."

Princess Elizabeth at the wheel of an Army vehicle when she served during the Second World War in the Auxiliary Territorial Service 1945 CREDIT PA
Just a few years after her inaugral address, Princess Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the war (Picture: PA).

Margaret added: "Good night, children," before Elizabeth said: "Good night, and good luck to you all."

Last week, the Queen, 94, returned to Windsor, where she has spent lockdown for her safety, following a break at Balmoral and Sandringham.

In April, during a televised address to the nation about the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen said it reminded her of the very first broadcast she made.

"We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety," the Queen said.

"Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones.

"But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do."

She also told the country in lockdown, separated from their families and friends: "We will meet again."

Cover image: Princess Elizabeth (right) and Princess Margaret after they broadcast on Children's Hour from Buckingham Palace in October 1940 (Picture: PA).