July 19, 1930
Princess Elizabeth, the 4-year-old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, went shopping today in Forfars, Scotland, "carrying her own purse and paying her own bills."
The little princess is staying with her mother, the Duchess of York, at nearby Glamis Castle, and she came to town with her maternal grandmother, the Countess of Strathmore, to " buy a book."
The Associated Press reports that the princess, "after much examination she rejected several, saying: "I've seen that already."
The princess finally found "one that was new to her, and asked the price." "I will take that," and she "produced her purse with dignified self-possession and paid for the book."
The Duchess of York is expecting a second child within a few weeks. If the baby is a boy, he will move ahead of Elizabeth in the line of succession. Another daughter will follow Elizabeth, who is third in line to the throne after her uncle, the Prince of Wales, and her father.