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  • Place of origin:

    Buckingham Palace (photographed)

  • Date:

    1955 (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 U

Physical description

Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, 1955. She is seen standing, three-quarter length. She makes eye-contact with the camera, although she turns slightly. She holds one hand by her side, the other rests at her waist. She is wearing a gown with narrow shoulder straps, and a dark coloured sash. Fine embroidery and small beads form some detailed flower and leaf-shapes on the fabric of the dress, while the sash is decorated with a brooch, ribbons and two miniature portraits. The miniature portraits are framed with jewels. The brooch is a star-shape emblem surrounding a cross and a circle in its centre. She wears a crown, diamond ear-clips and a triple strand pearl necklace. A painted backdrop depicts an exterior view of Windsor Castle.

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)


1955 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Written in pencil, on reverse.


Width: 18.8 cm image, Height: 24.1 cm image, Width: 18.8 cm paper, Height: 24.1 cm paper

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, 1955.

Production Note

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




Gelatin silver process


Photographs; Portraits; Royalty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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