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Friday, January 20, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton at the V&A

London's Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) explores the back catalogue of Cecil Beaton, The Queen's favourite photographer for over 40 years.

As part of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the V&A shows highlights of Cecil Beaton's numerous photographs of the Royal Family.

For over 40 years from 1939, Beaton (1904-1980) was a favoured royal photographer, capturing some of the most personal images of Queen Elizabeth II ever seen. He was chosen to take the first pictures of Prince Charles as a baby, and covered The Queen’s coronation in 1953. This exciting exhibition allows a glimpse into The Queen’s public and private life.

See tender images of a young Princess Elizabeth with her sister and mother, and relaxing at home with her husband and young family. Contrast that with Beaton’s photos of the day she became Queen Elizabeth II, stately in her coronation robes.

The V&A exhibition also includes some of Beaton's rarely seen photographs, as well as his personal scrapbooks and diaries.

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