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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)

  • 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 T

Physical description

Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Prince Charles, on the Coronation day of Queen Elizabeth II. In this head and shoulders portrait, the young Prince is wearing a dress-shirt, decorated with a medal and a lace neck-tie. He looks towards the camera with an inquisitive expression. His grandmother, who holds him around the shoulders, leaning her face towards him, is looking at the camera and smiling. She wears a diamond crown and jewellery. Over her gown, she wears a dark coloured sash which is decorated with ribbons and two miniature portraits. These miniature portraits are framed with jewels and appear to depict the new Queen (Elizabeth II) and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The scene is framed by a draped curtain; which reveals a painted backdrop depicting the exterior of Westminster Abbey (where the Coronation ceremony had taken place shortly before this sitting).

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)


02/06/1953 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques



Width: 19.2 cm image, Height: 20.2 cm image, Width: 19.2 cm paper, Height: 20.2 cm paper

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Prince Charles. 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 prints
V&A: E.1362-2010; Ph.324-1987; Ph.1089-1987; Ph.1099-1987

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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