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Rare archive images of the Queen released ahead of monarch's 90th birthday gala

  • These images have now been deleted for copyright reasons

Rare archive images of the Queen have been released ahead of the celebrations for her 90th birthday.

One of the black and white images shows a young Princess Elizabeth preparing to go for a swim with her father, George VI.

With her arms outstretched and a beaming smile, the future Queen is seen standing alongside her father on the edge of an outdoor swimming pool.

In another she is seen fascinated by a bird perched on her arm.

Both black and white images have been released ahead of the gala show due to take place in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Sunday.

  • These images have now been deleted for copyright reasons

The birthday celebrations will look back on the Queen's reign, and feature an array of celebrities including Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue.

Ant and Dec will host the programme, which will feature more than 1,500 performers from singers Katherine Jenkins and Dame Shirley Bassey, to actors Imelda Staunton and Dame Helen Mirren.

The show will cover the Queen's early years, teenage life, Second World War and Coronation to the present day.

Her love of horses will be represented, with more than 900 of the animals set to take part in the celebration.

  • The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration airs on Sunday at 8.35pm on ITV.

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