Queen E_HTRA596_VV074_H.JPGPrincess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) gazes down at her firstborn child, Prince Charles (Prince of Wales) lying in his cradle.

There once was a queen who gave birth to a prince. She sang to him, rocked him and cradled him, and thanked God for the miracle of him. She did everything for the little boy. Everything, that is, except close his lips and stand guard beside him through the night. It is from these beginnings that life's greatest successes and disappointments are foretold. And so goes the tale of how a queen took a child and made him old.

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