Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee

Princess Elizabeth, 1951

On February 6, 2022, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking her reign of 70 years. Born in 1926, she came to the throne when her father King George VI died in 1952. Karsh photographed both King George and then-Princess Elizabeth in 1943, and subsequently in 1951 just prior to her becoming Queen. Karsh would go on to photographer Her Majesty, Prince Philip, and the Royal Family, in 1966, 1984 and 1987. See a few images from those Sittings.

The Canada Post is commemorating this Jubilee with a new stamp that features a Karsh portrait of Princess Elizabeth on its booklet. Karsh images have been used by the Post multiple occasions, and many of them feature in this video.