A third rare photo of the Queen has been released ahead of her star-studded birthday show


A third rare image of the Queen has been released as celebrations to mark the monarch's 90th birthday continue with a star-studded show in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The photo, seen publicly for the first time, shows a young, smiling, Princess Elizabeth with her sister and their father.

Princess Margaret and George VI are each holding one of the Queen's beloved corgis.

A still image taken from rare archive footage  showing Princess Elizabeth,  Princess Margaret and their father King George VI with their corgis.

The colour photo was released a day after two black and white images from archive footage were published ahead of a gala show which will look back on the Queen's long reign, and feature an array of celebrities including Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue.

One of the photos shows a young Princess Elizabeth ready to go for a swim with her father.

With her arms outstretched and a beaming smile, the future Queen stands alongside George VI on the edge of an outdoor swimming pool, ready to take a dip.

Queen Elizabeth II.

In another she is seen looking intently as a bird rests on her arm.

Ant and Dec will host the programme, featuring more than 1,500 performers from singers Katherine Jenkins and Dame Shirley Bassey, to actors Imelda Staunton and Dame Helen Mirren.

Queen Elizabeth II.

The show will cover the Queen's early years, teenage life, Second World War and Coronation to the present day.

Her love of horses will be represented, with more than 900 of the animals set to take part in the celebration.

The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration airs on Sunday at 8.35pm on ITV.