Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

13 Oct - 02 Dec 12

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, Buckingham Palace, 2 June 1953 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, Buckingham Palace, 2 June 1953 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

To celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this exhibition will show portraits of Her Majesty by photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980).

Presenting highlights of the V&A's archive of Beaton's royal photography, the exhibition will depict the Queen in her roles as princess, monarch and mother. The exhibition will feature nearly 100 portraits, from wartime photographs of Princess Elizabeth with her family, to tender images of The Queen with her own young children and official portraits that convey the magnitude of her role as Britain's monarch.

This exhibition is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  

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We have a special treat for you this week - our Starring Vivien Leigh exhibition tour on Thursday 27 November will be hosted by the very people who curated the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG). Clare Freestone, Associate Curator of Photographs at the NPG, will be accompanied by Terence Pepper who is the NPG's Senior Special Advisor on Photographs.

Starring Vivien Leigh Exhibition Tour - Laing Art Gallery
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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Unknown photographer, 30 May 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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