Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

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Posted by Kirstie

In celebration of her Diamond Jubilee, a new exhibition has opened at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The exhibition features portraits of Queen Elizabeth II by royal photographer Cecil Beaton and explores Her Royal Highness’s progression in her roles as princess, monarch and mother. If you’re planning a short break in London to celebrate the Jubilee then this exhibition is a must-see.

Cecil Beaton Photography
Cecil Beaton photography of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother © V&A Images – Victoria and Albert Museum

Sir Cecil Beaton’s (1904-1980) photographs of the British Royal Family were central to shaping the monarchy’s public image in the mid-20th century. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II first sat for Beaton in 1942 when she was still a young princess and was photographed by the famous portraitist countless times after, including on her Coronation Day in 1953. The V&A Museum acquired Beaton’s archive of royal portraits in 1987 and this new exhibition combines the artist’s photographs, diaries, personal letters and press cuttings to tell the fascinating story of a unique collaboration between the crown and camera. Including heart warming images of Her Majesty with her newly born children and official portraits in her full Royal dress, the exhibition reflects every aspect of the Queen’s personality.

Accompanied by an exciting programme of events including workshops, study days and lectures, the exhibition is open now until 22 April 2012 and we’ve got a fantastic range of London rail packages available which make accessing this delightful attraction easy and affordable.

Queen's Jubilee

This exhibition is part of a wider string of celebrations taking place around the country to mark Her Royal Highness’ 60th year on the throne. If you want to join in the celebratory activities then take a look at our range of Queen’s Jubilee breaks taking place in London and beyond. What will you be doing to celebrate?

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