Friday, 10 February 2012

Queen by Beaton

This week the V&A Museum in London opened Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration (title link). Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) began photographing Her Majesty in 1942 when she was still a young princess and the film in his camera was black and white. This image shows Princess Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace (March 1945). For 60 years Beaton glamorized the royal family with his seductive photographs. The V&A holds his archive of royal portraits, as well as his diaries, personal letters and press cuttings. Entry: £6 adults, £5 silver surfers.


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