Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton

In 2012, Her Majesty the Queen will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee – I know you all know that and might be already starting to be tired of hearing all about it. But if there is any related event to spend a little of your time and money on at the moment, it is the incredible archive of royal photographs currently on show at the V&A in London. The richly curated exhibition explores legendary photographer Cecil Beaton’s longstanding relationship with Elizabeth II in his role as royal photographer. From teenage Princess, to mother and sovereign, the Queen posed for Cecil Beaton’s camera on many occasions from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Following the art of the artist-photographer, the developments in photography, from black and white to colour, opulent backgrounds for official imagery to more candid and personal moments captured on film, the exhibition will give you a new perspective and look on the British monarchy. Not to mention the fabulous fashion moments, which include the amazingly intricate and glamorous dress on the picture above.

Absolute regal for the eyes. On until 22 April 2012.

Picture: Princess Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace by Cecil Beaton, 1945. Copyright V&A images

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