• QUEEN - YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND

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    YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND - QUEEN

  • BILLY JOEL - THE ENTERTAINER

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    THE ENTERTAINER - BILLY JOEL

  • KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTON - ISLANDS IN THE STREAM

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    ISLANDS IN THE STREAM - KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTON

  • CAT STEVENS - MATHEW AND SON

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    MATHEW AND SON - CAT STEVENS

  • CLIFF RICHARD - WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE

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    WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE - CLIFF RICHARD

  • ROD STEWART - HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY

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    HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY - ROD STEWART

  • BILL WITHERS - LEAN ON ME

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    LEAN ON ME - BILL WITHERS

  • MICHAEL JACKSON - ROCK WITH YOU

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    ROCK WITH YOU - MICHAEL JACKSON

  • CHRIS ANDREWS - PRETTY BELINDA

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    PRETTY BELINDA - CHRIS ANDREWS

  • SUPERTRAMP - Dreamer

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    Dreamer - SUPERTRAMP

  • THE CARPENTERS - GOODBYE TO LOVE

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    GOODBYE TO LOVE - THE CARPENTERS

  • KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND - PLEASE DON'T GO

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    PLEASE DON'T GO - KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND

  • THE ROLLING STONES - Time Is On My Side

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    Time Is On My Side - THE ROLLING STONES

  • DIANA ROSS - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

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    Ain't No Mountain High Enough - DIANA ROSS

  • RINGO STARR - You're Sixteen

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    You're Sixteen - RINGO STARR

  • ART GARFUNKEL - BRIGHT EYES

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    BRIGHT EYES - ART GARFUNKEL

  • MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS - HEATWAVE

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    HEATWAVE - MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS

  • BRYAN ADAMS - EVERYTHING I DO

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    EVERYTHING I DO - BRYAN ADAMS

  • AMERICA - SISTER GOLDEN HAIR

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    SISTER GOLDEN HAIR - AMERICA

  • GLORIA GAYNOR - I WILL SURVIVE

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    I WILL SURVIVE - GLORIA GAYNOR

  • THE FOUR TOPS - IT'S THE SAME OLD SONG

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    IT'S THE SAME OLD SONG - THE FOUR TOPS

Exclusive Royal Pictures: Rare pictures of Queen Elizabeth before she was crowned

We just love this series of photographs, which have never been published before, of the Queen enjoying a genuinely carefree existence on Malta in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Away from the pressure of the watching public at home, Queen Elizabeth has described these as 'the happiest days of my life'.

The Queen's love affair with the island began in 1949 when Prince Philip was made First Lieutenant on HMS Chequers. Later that year, Elizabeth's father, King George VI, suggested she joined her husband on Malta. So after celebrating Prince Charles's first birthday, the Princess flew to the island arriving on her second wedding anniversary, November 20.