Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1951
9 3/4 in. x 7 5/8 in. (248 mm x 194 mm)
Given by the photographer, Yousuf Karsh, 1987
Primary Collection
NPG P336

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  • Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 159 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Karsh photographed the Queen on four occasions over a period of more than forty years, often in connection with official visits to Canada. These pictures have been used by press all over the world, and by the Royal Family as official and personal gifts.

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Current affairs

The Conservative Party wins the general election and Winston Churchill returns for a second term as prime minister.

Art and science

On the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain is held as a nationwide celebration of British culture, and as an impetus for post-war regeneration. As well as various art, science and industrial exhibitions and events, a major regeneration project was initiated for the South Bank area of London under the directorship of the architect, Hugh Casson.

International

Libya declares its sovereignty from Italian rule, becoming the first independent state to be created by the UN.
At the Treaty of San Francisco, 48 nations sign a peace treaty with Japan, officially ending the Pacific War - the last battleground of the Second World War.

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