Enjoy These Super Rare Photos Of Queen Elizabeth As A Young Woman

She was literally so emo.
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At 92 years old, fashion isn't exactly Queen Elizabeth's number one priority. But before Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were the resident cool-girls of the royal family, Her Majesty was out here serving lewks. Here's a glimpse of what her life was like as a young princess—before she spent her days in giant colorful hats with matching skirt suits.

1936

Here's a 10-year-old Elizabeth bonding with her pony. Little did she know back then that a) she'd replace that poor pony with a fleet of posh and possibly inbred corgis, and b) she'd go on to almost exclusively wear massive hats and headscarves.

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1936

That same year, Elizabeth's parents forced her to dress in this hilarious outfit and made her pose in what I assume is the royal equivalent to an awkward yearbook photo. All it's missing is a background of fake fall leaves.

1939

Yup, Elizabeth was forced to take swimming lessons as a kid just like the rest of us, only she got to wear this awesome onesie with medals all over it becuase she's royal and, well, we're not.

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1940

While some of us spent age 14 trolling around the mall, Elizabeth wiled away her time atop a friendly horse.

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1940

But honestly, had a Hot Topic (a popular statement tee store in the US) been around in 1940s England she would have gone because clearly Queen Elizabeth was deeply emo. Just look at her angstily reading this book in this corner! You can basically hear the Elliott Smith playing in the background.

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1941

Once upon a time, 15-year-old Elizabeth was minding her own business in Windsor Castle when someone with a camera was like "You know what? Go stand in that bush." And then she did.

1942

"Alexa, play Adele's 'Someone Like You' on repeat." — Princess Elizabeth, age 16.

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1944

Two years later, Elizabeth had followed in the footsteps of many emo kids and taken to journaling her feels.

1944

Sometimes, HRH and her friends put on plays and got extremely turnt/happy in the process. This is something called "Old Mother Riding Boots!" Like, who wouldn't want to come out of an angst fog and act in that?!

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1945

In case you're wondering the exact age Elizabeth started wearing headscarves, that would be around 19.

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1946

Elizabeth and her sister Margaret turned it out for their debutante. This picture is so lovely I can't even come up with a quip.

1946

At age 20, Elizabeth was part of a bridesmaid squad. Unfortunately, there's no historical documentation of whether or not they went to Las Vegas and/or decorated their bachelorette party with penis-themed accessories. 

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1946

"Hello, it me, totally naturally arranging these flowers!"

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1947

By just 21, Elizabeth was an engaged woman, and looked THRILLED about it. This is her beaming in the state apartments at Buckingham Palace during her engagement to Prince Philip. Highly adorable. 

1950

And finally, here we have a 24-year-old Elizabeth square dancing at something called a "cowboy dress party" in Canada. I'm speechless, so bye.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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