Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album

Join Historic Royal Palace's Joint Chief Curator, Lucy Worsley, in a special one-off programme, 'Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album', as she uncovers the stories behind some of the most famous photographs of the British Royal Family.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert started the royal photo album. Lucy explores these early photographs and how they experimented with different ways of portraying themselves and eventually crafting a family image that was shared among the nation and empire.

Lucy brings the story up to date with official images of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, with Viscount Snowdon’s intimate portraits of her sister Margaret, as well as discovering Princess Diana’s role in the reinvention of the modern royal image. Lucy meets celebrated royal photographers such as Anwar Hussein and Chris Jackson to discover their approach to a royal photoshoot.

The programme gives an insight into those royal moments shared on camera and how the royals have used photography to have a conversation with people.

Top image: © Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Image: Queen Victoria, The Prince Consort and Victoria, Princess Royal: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

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Queen Victoria, The Prince Consort and Victoria, Princess Royal, black and white photo.

Clips

Princess Alexandra of Denmark
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at State Opening of Parliament

Images:

1. Princess Alexandra of Denmark

2. Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at State Opening of Parliament

Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

Queen Elizabeth II on Coronation Day
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Life Through a Royal Lens brings some of the most iconic photographs ever taken of the Royal Family to Kensington Palace.

Opening March 2021

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Full-length, standing, facing the viewer, head turned half to the right, wearing a white dress with a diaphanous blue wrap, holding a posie of flowers in her right hand; beside a path in a parkland setting, with Kensington Palace in the distance, on the right.
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Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace.

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