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  • Place of origin:

    Buckingham Palace (photographed)

  • Date:

    1968 (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 V1

Physical description

Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, 1968. Seen half-length; looking towards a point to one side of the camera, smiling. Wearing an embroidered and sequined sleeveless gown, with a V neckline, and a dark coloured sash. Iridescent threads and beads form flower and leaf-shapes on the fabric of the dress, while two diamond brooches decorate the sash. One brooch is resembles a ribbon tied in a bow, while the second is a star-shape emblem surrounding a cross and a circle in its centre. She wears a diamond and pearl tiara, formed of entwined ovals, with matching ear-clips and a necklace. Photographed against a plain backdrop.

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)


1968 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques



Width: 25.4 cm image, Height: 30.3 cm image, Width: 25.4 cm paper, Height: 30.3 cm paper

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, 1968.

Labels and date

Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace

The Queen wears the Lover’s Knot Brooch and the Vladimir Tiara, which had both belonged to her grandmother, Queen Mary. The Garter Star was originally a present from the Royal Navy to King George VI on his marriage. The King gave it to his daughter at the time of her investiture with the Order of the Garter in 1947.

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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