A unique exhibition exploring the royal family’s relationship with the camera
Life Through a Royal Lens is a new exhibition exploring the Royal Family through photography and brings together some of the most iconic images 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.
Image: Equanimity/Queen Elizabeth II by Chris Levine (artist) Rob Munday (holographer) © Jersey Heritage Trust.
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.
All images: © Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum,
There will be photographs from renowned photographers such as Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, Norman Parkinson and a never-before-seen image of Diana, Princess of Wales by David Bailey. For the first time there 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.
Image: © Princess Margaret, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon and their two children Sarah and David. The Norman Parkinson Archive / Iconic Images 2021
Queen Victoria, The Prince Consort and Victoria, Princess Royal. Image:Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021.
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at State Opening of Parliament. Image: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021.
Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Image: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021.