Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Princess Anne; Queen Elizabeth II; King Charles III

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Princess Anne; Queen Elizabeth II; King Charles III

by James Reid
bromide print, August 1955
19 5/8 in. x 15 1/2 in. (497 mm x 395 mm) sight
Given by Mr Ford Hill and the American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery (London) Foundation, Inc., 2015
Primary Collection
NPG P1659

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  • James Reid (1905-1974), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 7 portraits.

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Current affairs

Robert Anthony Eden becomes prime minister. In May 1955 Winston Churchill resigned due to ill health. His successor proved to be a similarly popular leader, winning an increased majority at the general election that year. Eden's popularity was due to a combination of his long wartime service, good looks and charm.

Art and science

Mary Quant introduces the 'Chelsea Look' with her Bazaar boutique. In the 1960s Quant was a major contributor to 'swinging London' introducing some of the seminal items of 1960s fashion: the miniskirt, hot pants, paint-box make-up and plastic raincoats.

International

West Germany joins NATO, prompting the East European Communist counties to respond by forming the Warsaw Pact. The signatories of the Warsaw Pact pledged to defend each other if any member was attacked. This development was a major event in the Cold War as it firmly established the East and West as opposing military powers.

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Sarah Grant

02 July 2020, 12:53

James Reid August 1955 at Balmoral