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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

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Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth

1951

Karsh's official portrait of Princess Elizabeth was taken at Clarence House, in London, on July 30, 1951. It shows the young Princess happy and relaxed, only a short six months before the death of her father, King George VI, when she suddenly became the future Queen of England, with all the weighty responsibilities that would bring. Karsh photographed Princess Elizabeth for the first time in 1943, when she was just 18. He would go on to make official portraits of her and her family four more times over the next 44 years: 1951, 1966, 1984, and 1987.

Other Photographs

  • Princess Elizabeth

    Princess Elizabeth

  • Princess Elizabeth

    Princess Elizabeth

  • Queen Elizabeth II

    Queen Elizabeth II

  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

  • Queen Elizabeth II

    Queen Elizabeth II

Sittings

9007A
Nov 1 1943

Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth

9007B
Nov 1 1943

Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth

10647
Jul 30 1951

Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth

With Prince Philip and family
12669
Aug 2 1966

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

With HRH Prince Philip
Centennial portraits, 1967
12671
Aug 2 1966

Elizabeth II

With HRH Prince Philip
14609
Nov 1 1984

Queen Elizabeth II

With Prince Philip, alone and together, at Buckingham Palace
England
14907
Aug 30 1987

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Royal Family group photograph. With Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Phillips
Aberdeen, Scotland
Taken at Balmoral Castle
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