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Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Dorothy Wilding, 1954 - NPG x34095 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Dorothy Wilding
toned bromide print, 1954
18 1/8 in. x 13 3/4 in. (458 mm x 348 mm)
Given by the photographer's sister, Susan Morton, 1976
Photographs Collection
NPG x34095

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  • Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Artist associated with 2157 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.

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Dorothy Wilding was commissioned to produce official photographs of the Royal Family from 1937 until the late 1950s. This portrait of The Queen Mother is one of seventeen poses taken in 1954.

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  • NPG x45069: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (after)

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Roger Bannister runs the four-minute mile. Bannister was the first man to achieve the 'miracle mile', a feat that was thought by some to be impossible, beating his rival, the Australian John Landy, to the record. Bannister went on to a career as a distinguished neurologist.
Food rationing ends in Britain.

Art and science

J.R.R. Tolkien publishes the first two parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon language and literature and drew on his scholarly interests in history, language and mythology to create the fictional land of Middle Earth where the books are set.
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International

The South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) is established in Bangkok. This international defence organisation was established as part of the 'containment' policy of limiting the influence of communism. SEATO was, however, found to be ineffective as the member organisations failed to agree on combined action; it was disbanded in 1977.

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