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  • Place of origin:

    Clarence House (photographed)

  • Date:

    1950 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 914, box S

Physical description

Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and baby Princess Anne. Seated in an interior and wearing a checked silk dress, Queen Elizabeth II holds Princess Anne in her arms. The baby is dressed in a lace and embroidered gown. A young Prince Charles is close-by, looking towards the camera quizzically. Clarence House, September 1950.

Place of Origin

Clarence House (photographed)


1950 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Princess Elizabeth / Prince Charles / Princess Anne'
Written in blue biro on reverse, top right.

Written in pencil on reverse, centre.


Width: 22.7 cm image, Height: 24.9 cm image, Width: 22.7 cm paper, Height: 24.9 cm paper

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and baby Princess Anne. Clarence House, September 1950.

Labels and date

Princess Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, Clarence House
September 1950

Princess Elizabeth and her family lived at Clarence House between 1949 and 1952. It was here that the Princess gave birth to her second child, Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, on 15 August 1950. The press encouraged the public to preserve Beaton’s portraits of the young family. Portraits such as this one were printed in newspapers with headlines noting their collectability.

Gelatin silver print

Production Note

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




Gelatin silver process; Photography


Photographs; Portraits; Royalty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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