Queen Elizabeth II

1 portrait on display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton, November 1955 - NPG P1469 - © V&A Images; On loan from American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery (London) Foundation, Inc.: Gift of Mr. Ford Hill.

© V&A Images; On loan from American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery (London) Foundation, Inc.: Gift of Mr. Ford Hill.

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
20 in. x 15 7/8 in. (509 mm x 404 mm)
Lent by Gift of Mr Ford Hill, American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery (London) Foundation, Inc., 2011
Primary Collection
NPG P1469


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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1064 portraits, Sitter associated with 345 portraits.

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In November 1955, Cecil Beaton was asked to photograph the Queen, just before she went on a three-week tour of Nigeria. In this year Beaton also travelled to Portugal to photograph the wedding of King Umberto's daughter to Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, and took portraits of Queen Helen of Romania.