10 moments from the life of Queen Elizabeth II

From the new book 'Elizabeth the Queen,' 10 new insights into the modern monarch.

2. She and her tutor were shy with one another at first


Elizabeth studied with Sir Henry Marten, the then-vice provost of Eton College. Elizabeth was thirteen and bashful with the tutor, often looking at her governess as she learned her lessons. Marten, an eccentric scholar, was also uncomfortable, probably at the pressure at serving as tutor to the heir to the throne, and sometimes called her "gentlemen," thinking that he was back with the Eton students. Soon, however, the two got over their shyness and developed a strong friendship.

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