A unique exhibition exploring the royal family’s relationship with the camera
This exhibition is closed.
Life Through a Royal Lens was an 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 explored 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.
04 March - 30 October 2022
This exhibition is now closed.
Image: Equanimity/Queen Elizabeth II by Chris Levine (artist) Rob Munday (holographer) © Jersey Heritage Trust.
Royal life behind the scenes
The exhibition explored the impact of photographer Cecil Beaton – one of the great shapers of royal image in the twentieth century - and his work which redefined modern royal portraiture.
Stunning images of Her Majesty the Queen and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, among Beaton’s most faithful sitters, highlighted how his work influenced public perceptions of the royals.
All images: © Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum,
Discover Hillsborough Castle’s first ever exhibition, a unique collection of Royal photography running for five months only. This must-see exhibition documents the British Royal Family's ever-evolving relationship with the camera over the last 200 years.
An exclusive look through the lens
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 were on display at Kensington Palace. For the first time there was also 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
Royal Photo Album
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.
These official gifts and souvenirs are all inspired by Kensington Palace's rich royal stories, past and present.