A brand new exhibition exploring the Royal Family through photography
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Opening in 2021, Life Through a Royal Lens brings some of the most iconic photographs ever taken of the Royal Family to Kensington Palace.
For almost 200 years the medium of photography has created an unprecedented intimacy between Sovereign and subjects. The new display explores the British Royal Family’s enduring relationship with the camera; from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s patronage of photography during its infancy to lesser known intimate family portraits, spanning from the 19th century right up until the present day.
Experience the impact of photographer Cecil Beaton – one of the great shapers of royal image in the twentieth century - and his work in redefining modern royal portraiture.
View stunning images of Her Majesty the Queen and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, among Beaton’s most faithful sitters, to discover how his work influenced public perceptions of the royals.
Take home your own sovereign souvenir
Channel your inner-royal and pose for your own photo against an iconic Beaton-style backdrop.
Going on display at Kensington Palace for the first time will also be a selection of images taken by Royal Family members themselves, including the work of celebrated photographer and former resident of the Palace, Lord Snowdon, husband of Princess Margaret.
All images: © Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Queen Victoria, The Prince Consort and Victoria, Princess Royal. Image:Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020.
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at State Opening of Parliament. Image: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020.
Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Image: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020.
Originally the childhood home of Queen Victoria, later home to Princess Margaret and Princess Diana and now the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace is one of the more fashionable and stylish of our palaces.