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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:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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 (just seen) and a lace neck-tie. He looks towards the camera with a shy 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


Marks and inscriptions

[various re-touching marks]


Width: 19.3 cm image, Height: 19.1 cm image, Width: 19.3 cm paper, Height: 19.1 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.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Strong, Roy C. Cecil Beaton: the royal portraits. London: Thames and Hudson, c1988. p. 138

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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