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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Yousuf Karsh Royal Family Princess Elizabeth
Princess Elizabeth and family, 1951

On this day, June 2, in 1953, Princess Elizabeth was formally crowned Queen Elizabeth II. This informal family portrait was made earlier, in 1951 at Clarence House, and shows the then-Princess with her husband Prince Philip and their young children – Charles, born in 1948, and Anne, born in 1950.

Karsh had photographed an even younger Princess Elizabeth in 1943, and would go on to photograph her in 1966, 1984 and 1987. You can see someĀ of those portraits here.