In the early years of her life, the future Queen Elizabeth II lived with her parents and sister Princess Margaret at Royal Lodge in Windsor. Today, Royal Lodge is the home of the monarch’s second son, Prince Andrew, but Y Bwthyn Bach, or the Little House, still stands on the estate. Even today, the cottage is a source of great joy for the Queen and the Royal Family.
Y Bwthyn Bach is a wendy house which was given to Princess Elizabeth in 1932 as a sixth birthday present from the people of Wales.
Larger than most typical wendy houses, the cottage has a kitchen, living room, staircase, bedroom and bathroom.
The little house also has amenities such as hot water, electricity, fridge, gas cooker and heated towel rail.
Inside, a small china set can be found along with a radio and a small oak chest of drawers.
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The house was designed by architect Edmund Willmott and is 24 feet long, eight feet deep, and the ceiling of the rooms is five feet high.
Y Bwthyn Bach underwent extensive refurbishment during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year of 2012, under the direction of the Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Beatrice.
Funded by the Duke of York, Beatrice set to work updating the chalet’s interiors and overseeing updates to the building’s structure.
Beatrice showed off her efforts to presenter Andrew Marr on the BBC series ‘The Diamond Queen’ in 2012.
“I was lucky enough to play here and now grandma is a great grandma so now the great grandkids can enjoy it too.”
Although it has been 90 years since the Queen first received the cottage, the Little House still holds a special place in her heart.
To mark the Platinum Jubilee this year, the Royal Family’s website said of the Little House: “Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret looked after it themselves and for many years it was their favorite toy.
“It was installed within the grounds of the Royal Lodge, where it is still used regularly by the current generation of royal children.”