Queen Elizabeth II
1 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1943
Artistback to top
- Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Artist associated with 2147 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.
Events of 1943back to top
Current affairsThe War effort continues with women recruited to the Home Guard and Ernie Bevin introducing conscription of miners as coal output continues to flag.
There is panic when a new anti aircraft weapon is heard for the first time in London and 173 people die in the crush to enter an air-raid shelter at Bethnal Green tube station.
Art and scienceBarnes Wallis's bouncing bomb is used during Operation Chastise - the Dam busters Raid - to destroy three dams in the Ruhr area of Germany. The raid was considered a success, knocking out hydroelectric power, cutting off the water supply to industry and causing devastation through flooding. The operation also, however, cost the allies many lives, and the bouncing bomb was not used again.
InternationalThe invasion of Sicily is successful thanks to Operation Mincemeat, in which false documents were planted on the body of a dead airman to mislead Germany into thinking that the Allied target was Sardinia. The invasion led to the fall of Mussolini and Italy joining the Allies.
42,000 German civilians are killed in a firestorm in Hamburg caused by the Allied bombing in Operation Gomorrah.
Exhibitions and displays
- Photography: A Public Art, 1840 - 1939
Until 7 October 2018
- Yousuf Karsh
- The Face of Monarchy
- The Queen's Golden Jubilee
- Terry O'Neill: Celebrity
- Kings and Queens: A Family tree
- The Royal Ballet at 75
- A Question of Identity: Self-Portrait Photographs 1850-2000
- Photographic holdings - print and negative collections
- Collected Archives - T-Z
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