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  • Place of origin:

    Buckingham Palace (photographed)

  • Date:

    02/06/1953 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beaton, Cecil (Sir), born 1904 - died 1980 (photographer)

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed to the Museum in 1987 by Eileen Hose, secretary to the photographer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)


02/06/1953 (photographed)


Beaton, Cecil (Sir), born 1904 - died 1980 (photographer)


Width: 8.2 cm image, Height: 8.6 cm image, Width: 19.2 cm paper, Height: 18.8 cm paper

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Contact print photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Princess Anne on Coronation day of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, 1953.

Labels and date

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Princess Anne
2 June 1953

The Queen’s young children were full of energy throughout the afternoon. The serenity of the Queen Mother calmed the apprehensive photographer. ‘All at once, and because of her I was enjoying my work. Prince Charles and Princess Anne were buzzing about in the wildest excitement and would not keep still for a moment. The Queen Mother anchored them in her arms, put her head down to kiss Prince Charles’s hair, and made a terrific picture.’

Gelatin silver contact prints
Ph.1091A-C-1987; Ph.1105-1987; Ph.1093-1987

Production Note

Cecil Beaton photographed members of the royal family from 1930-1979.




Gelatin silver process; Photography


Portraits; Photographs; Royalty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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