The royal trio ham it up for the cameras in a flashback photo from 1954

By Erin Hill
August 19, 2015 12:15 PM
British Monarch/Twitter

Even when your mom is the Queen, childhood can still be (occasionally!) silly.

A rare moment between a young Queen Elizabeth and her two laughing children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, was shared in a tweet by Buckingham Palace Wednesday.

The picture, which dates back to 1954, shows the Queen, who was around 28 years old at the time, with an ear-to-ear smile alongside her two eldest children.

And the monarch (or royal photographer Marcus Adams) must have told a royally funny joke, as Charles, who was around 7 years old, and Anne, who was around 4, can’t control their laughter!

The stylish trio dressed up for the occasion, with the Queen in a gorgeous dress and beautiful pearls that adorably match her daughter’s delicate necklace. And it seems Anne was already following in her mother’s purse-carrying footsteps! The young princess is seen clutching a small blue bag. (Queen Elizabeth’s black handbag turned up like an honored guest in Princess Charlotte’s official christening portraits last month.)

Not to be outdone, Charles sports a pair of familiar-looking red shorts. A possible future hand-me-down to his younger brother Prince Andrew!

The brothers’ tradition of passing down clothes is now being carried on by Prince George and his father Prince William.

Princess Kate recently dressed her son in shorts that echoed those of dad William at the same age.

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