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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 Q

Physical description

Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II with six Maids of Honour. Coronation day, Buckingham Palace, 1953. Queen Elizabeth II is seated on a low sofa, wearing the crown and coronation robes. The train of the robe is extended before them on the floor; displaying its embroidery and border of fur. The Maids of Honour are seen standing in two rows of three to her sides. They are wearing short-sleeved embroidered gowns, with dress-gloves which reach above the elbow, and tiaras. The scene is an interior, with ornate wall coverings, drapery and upholstery as well as a patterned carpet. A large painted portrait of a man hangs on the wall in the background, in a heavy gilt frame.

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)


02/06/1953 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques



Width: 20 cm image, Height: 24.9 cm image, Width: 20 cm paper, Height: 24.9 cm paper

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Photograph depciting Queen Elizabeth II, with six Maids of Honour. Coronation day, Buckingham Palace, 1953.

Labels and date

Queen Elizabeth II with her Maids of Honour
2 June 1953

The Queen selected six Maids of Honour to bear her velvet train. From left to right, they were:
Lady Moyra Hamilton
Lady Anne Coke
Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill
Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton
Lady Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby
Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart

Gelatin silver print

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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