Dentist to auction sketches by young Queen Elizabeth II

Dentist to auction sketches by young Queen Elizabeth II
Credit: Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers

Childhood drawings made by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret while waiting for the dentist will be put up for auction later this month. 

The sketches – which have been verified by the palace – were created in 1938 when the late Queen Elizabeth II was only 12 years old. The pair drew while they waited for their dental appointment in London.

The drawings were then left in the waiting room.

The previously unseen sketches are now offered for sale by the son of the royal family’s dentist, Alexander Aldred, during that time.

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‘Very proud’

Aldred was the dentist to the royals during the 1930s and 1940s, alongside his then business partner, Mr Morris.

Ian Aldred, who lives in Lincolnshire, said: ‘As I am now in my 80s, I decided it was time to move these drawings on and give someone else the opportunity to enjoy them.

‘I was conscious from a very young age that my father was more than just a normal dentist and he had some very famous clients. As a schoolboy, I was very proud that he was the dentist to the royal family.’

The drawings by both the late Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret will be sold at Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers in Cambridge on 27 April. They have an estimated value of £1,000 to £1,500.

High regard

Charles Ashton, head of the fine art division at Cheffins, says: ‘These charming drawings are a window into the childhood lives of the late Her Majesty the Queen and Princess Margaret, who would have been aged around 12 and eight at the time.

‘With the Coronation approaching, we have seen that the popularity of any items relating to the late queen have risen significantly, as people look to collect individual and personalised items that have a strong link to one of the United Kingdom’s greatest monarchs.

‘There are number of dedicated collectors for royal memorabilia; however, as the queen was held in such high regard worldwide, we expect these drawings to be of international interest, and we are delighted to be able to offer them for sale.’

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