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Queen revelation: Her Majesty used to line pencils up to feel ‘safe’ as a child – claims

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The Monarch would line up pencils in perfectly straight lines in order to feel “safe”. A book launched last month titled The Governess, unveils new interesting facts about the Queen’s life.

The new title, classified as “historical and biographical fiction” on Amazon and Google Books, tells the anecdotes of Marion Crawford, who was the Queen’s teacher when she was a child.

An excerpt of the book published by The Sun, explains how Her Majesty would straighten up pencils and plates as a child as a response to her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

The book, authored by Wendy Holden, reads: “Marion, whose training encompassed child psychology, now realised she was looking at obsessive compulsion.

“This cosseted, regularised environment was the very last place she had expected to find it.”

Asked why the pencils were in a straight line, she wrote that the young Elizabeth said: “Because it makes me feel safe.”

Ms Crawford asked what she wanted to stay safe from, but the Queen’s mother walked in before she could reply to her question.

In Marion Crawford’s own book, The Little Princesses, published in 1950, she referred to the future queen as “Lilibet”.

Ms Crawford explained that “Lilibet” was “a very neat child” and that she kept all her belongings “immaculately tidy”.

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She wrote: “At one time. I got quite anxious about Lilibet and her fads.

“She became almost too methodical and tidy.

“She would hop out of bed several times a night to get her shoes quite straight and her clothes arranged just so.”

NHS describes OCD as “a common mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

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“OCD can affect men, women and children.

“Some people start having symptoms early, often around puberty, but it usually starts during early adulthood.

“OCD can be distressing and significantly interfere with your life, but treatment can help you keep it under control.”

A new documentary by National Geographic, titled Being the Queen, also shows unearths unseen aspects of the Queen’s life thanks to exclusive footage.

The programme shows the extremely rare gesture the Queen had with royal fans when she stepped out of her car at the entrance of Buckingham Palace to greet the crowds after the death of Princess Diana.

Of the historic occurrence, director Tom Jennings said: “I didn’t know that part of the story.

“That moment, for me, may sum up who she is.

“People realised she’s a grandmother having to deal with all of this and keep the nation and the world together, and she did it.

“It’s probably one of my favourite moments in the whole film.

“While she’s under so much duress and stress, she’s still serving.”

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