August 12, 2013 12:00 PM

ROYAL NAVY

Princes William, 7, and Harry, 4, stand outside Kensington Palace for the Beating Retreat parade in 1989.

WORKING THE WAVE

Will, 3 (with cousin Laura Fellowes, 6), en route to Prince Andrew’s wedding in 1986.

BIG BIRD

The princes board the Queen’s Royal Wessex helicopter as Di looks on in 1986.

BALCONY VIEW

Princes Andrew, 4, and Edward, 3 months, with the Queen and Prince Philip at the 1964 Trooping the Colour ceremony.

BALCONY, PT. II

Will, 3 (center), with Di (holding Harry), Frederick Windsor and Peter Phillips watch the Trooping the Colour in 1985.

ROCKING IT

Will, 3, and Harry, 13 months, in their Kensington Palace nursery in 1985.

RAF PILOT-TO-BE

Will, 10 months, in New Zealand in 1983.

FUN WITH MUM

Elizabeth gives Charles, nearly 2, a lift around the house in 1950.

… and at Play

For heirs to the throne, the palace is a playground, rocking horses have lineage and piggyback rides come courtesy of the Queen

MY LITTLE PONY

Princess Elizabeth, 6 (with little sis Margaret in ’32), loved her toy horse collection.

AND ONE FOR GEORGE?

Royal tradition often hews to giving rocking horses as baby gifts. “They are the perfect ride for a child to learn balance,” says Marc Stevenson of Stevenson Brothers rocking horse company.

MERRY MOTORING

Elizabeth with Charles, 3, in his toy car at Balmoral in 1952.

PLAYER PRINCES

Will, 3, and Harry, 13 months (with Di in ’85), liked to bang on the piano at Kensington Palace.

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