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London, 8th May, 1945.

We read this morning that 16-year-old Dakota Fanning might be playing a young Princess Margaret in an upcoming project Girls’ Night Out, a film that will focus on the two princesses who were allowed out of Buckingham Palace on the night of VE Day to join in with celebrations across the city to mark the end of the Second World War.

Well we had a rummage in the British Pathé archive and found footage of Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth on that very day, greeting crowds outside the Palace with their parents King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (The Queen Mum)

We also found some wonderful shots of the celebrations and parties that Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth might have attended. Click on the link below to find great clips of men climbing lampposts, people doing the conga around Marble Arch, toasts and speeches being made in restaurants and busy clubs full of Londoners and dancing and drinking late into the night!

We wonder if Dakota Fanning will watch our archive footage of Princess Margaret to pick up some style and hair tips, not to mention her distinctive facial expressions and composure. There is no news yet as to who might play the young Queen, although here in the archive we think Rebecca Hall, Andrea Riseborough or Carey Mulligan would be good choices (“Rebecca might be too tall?” – ed). If only Elle Fanning was a little older she could play a young Queen alongside her big sister Dakota.

Queen Visits the East End – Watch Now!

We wonder where exactly the Princesses went on their night out? We’re sure it wouldn’t have been a disorganised crawl along Brick Lane, and much more likely the girls went for a quiet gin and tonic in a private members’ club. Who knows, we’ll have to wait and see.

It would be good to see a film that focuses on the royal family’s participation in the war effort, Princess Elizabeth took a very hands-on approach. Here is a clip of The Queen driving a military truck, she even take a look under the bonnet!

The King’s Speech has evidently triggered a regal trend at the movies. How long will it be before Hollywood takes on the Diana story, or Wills and Kate?

Girls’ Night Out Footage – Watch Now!

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2 thoughts on “Girls Night Out: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Party Like It’s 1945.

  1. We wonder where exactly the Princesses went on their night out? We’re sure it wouldn’t have been a disorganised crawl along Brick Lane, and much more likely the girls went for a quiet gin and tonic in a private members’ club. Who knows, we’ll have to wait and see.

    That is VERY unlikely Princess Margaret was only 14 at the time. I understand they went out to mingle with the crowds outside the palace (totally unrecognised)

  2. More like a drink in the Dorchester ;)

    From the Queen’s own diary according to the Daily Mail http://bit.ly/MfbZPS

    On VE Day, May 8: ‘PM announced unconditional surrender. Sixteen of us went out in crowd, cheered parents on balcony. Up St J’s St, Piccadilly, great fun,’ followed by on May 9: ‘Out in crowd again – Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Pall Mall, walked simply miles. Saw parents on balcony at 12.30am – ate, partied, bed 3am!’

    On August 15 the Princess wrote: ‘VJ Day. Out in crowd, Whitehall, Mall, St J St, Piccadilly, Park Lane, Constitution Hill, ran through Ritz. Walked miles, drank in Dorchester, saw parents twice, miles away, so many people’ and finally, on August 16: ‘Out in crowd again. Embankment, Piccadilly. Rained, so fewer people. Congered into house [a reference to Buckingham Palace and that rather wild dance] . . . Sang ’till 2am. Bed at 3am!’

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