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Unseen photographs of the Queen as a teenager on holiday

King George VI, Queen Elizabeth with Princess Margaret (left) and Princess Elizabeth on board the Empress of Britain in 1939. Credit: Leslie Willoughby/SWNS

A pensioner was stunned to find photographs of the Queen as a teenager on holiday when he was sorting through a relative's belongings.

Ray Fleming spotted the informal pictures in an album belonging to his wife's late uncle Leslie Willoughby while he was clearing out a cupboard.

The photographs were taken by Leslie Willoughby hen he was working as a saxophonist on board the cruise ship The Empress of Britain. Credit: Leslie Willoughby/SWNS

They were taken by Mr Willoughby when he was working as a saxophonist on board the cruise ship The Empress of Britain in 1939.

The set of photographs also show King George and Queen Elizabeth with the Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. Credit: Leslie Willoughby/SWNS

The photographs, which offer a rare glimpse of the royal family aware from the glare of the media, show a 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth on deck in summer dress with her younger sister Margaret, father King George VI and mother, then Queen Elizabeth, by her side.

A previously unseen photograph of King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth. Credit: Leslie Willoughby/SWNS

In one frame Princess Elizabeth can be seen grabbing onto her hat as the sea breeze threatens to lift it from her head.

In another King George and his wife can be seen with the Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth meet crew members on board The Empress of Britain. Credit: Leslie Willoughby/SWNS

When Mr Willoughby's widow Eve died in 1993 all of their possessions were passed to his niece Shirley, now 79, and her husband Ray, 76.

The royal family board The Empress of Britain in 1939. Credit: Leslie Willoughby/SWNS

But Mr Fleming only discovered the photographs earlier this year when he was clearing out a cupboard at his home in Wotton, Norfolk.

Roy and Shirley Fleming with the newly discovered album of photographs. Credit: Leslie Willoughby/SWNS

The retired salesman said he and his wife had no idea Mr Willoughby had mingled with royalty - and they now plan to send the photos to the Queen.

The grandfather-of-five said:

It's really lovely to look back and see what he did and who he saw.

We are pensioners we have got enough to live on for the rest of our life. We just think that these should be shared.

We want the Queen to see them. She is the head of our whole country and she deserves to see them.

There are not many informal pictures of the Queen worldwide so these are pretty rare.

It would be our dearest wish for her to be able to see them and to take them off our hands.

She is the is the only person we would ever give the pictures up to.

Mr Willoughby, who died from heart failure in 1985, was apparently able to take the photographs after he cheekily approached the royals and asked them if they would mind.