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Maids of Honour at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

7 of 15 portraits of Anne Veronica (née Coke), Baroness Glenconner

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© Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Maids of Honour at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, June 1953
9 5/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (244 mm x 197 mm)
Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968
Photographs Collection
NPG x14010

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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist or producer associated with 1113 portraits, Sitter associated with 360 portraits.

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A combination of low pressure in the North Sea, hurricane force winds, and high tides result in the Great Flood of 1953. With no warning system many were trapped in their homes as 20-foot waves crashed on the coast; hundreds were killed at sea and on the east coast.
John Hunt's British Expedition conquers Everest. News of the achievement reached Britain on the day of Elizabeth's coronation.

Art and science

Frances Crick and James Watson discover the double helix structure of DNA. Uncovering DNA's chemical make-up revolutionised our understanding of the building blocks of life.
Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royal.
Chad Varah founds 'The Samaritans' helpline.

International

Joseph Stalin dies four days after suffering a stroke. It has been suggested that Stalin was assassinated, as he was denied medical assistance for over a day after he was found; many suspect that he was poisoned. On his death Georgy Malenkov became leader of the Soviet Union.

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