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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Book Celebrating The Life Of Queen Elizabeth II

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The cover of
by Reuel Golden and Christopher Warwick


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Rare photographs of the Queen are among those collected for a new book cataloguing her 60-year reign. 'Her Majesty' looks back at her private and public life and features the work of photographers Cecil Beaton, Dorothy Wilding, Karsh, Lord Snowdon, Patrick Lichfield, as well as more contemporary work from the likes of Wolfgang Tillmans, Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, and many others. Above, Queen Elizabeth meeting stars, including Marilyn Monroe, at the premiere of The Battle of the River Plate in Leicester Square in 1956.


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The images include photographs of state visits and meetings with dignitaries as well as unguarded personal moments such as the Queen driving through Windsor in her Daimler in 1957, with Prince Charles in the passenger seat and Princess Anne in the back of the car




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Some previously unseen shots, unearthed by the book's editor Reuel Golden, are among those featured. They include one of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh waving goodbye from the steps of an aeroplane as they prepare to return home at the end of a tour of the West Indies in 1966. The image, taken by Glaswegian photographer Harry Benson, was found undeveloped in a roll of archived film.


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The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953


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The Queen and Prince Philip visited Aberfan in South Wales on October 29, 1966 after the collapse of a colliery spoil tip killed 116 children and 28 adults


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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth relax in the gardens of the Royal Lodge at Windsor with their daughters, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in July 1946


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A portrait of Her Majesty to commemorate her visit to Nigeria, 1955 by Cecil Beaton


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Cecil Beaton photographing the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1955


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Princess Elizabeth, aged 20, in her sitting room at Buckingham Palace in July 1946


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Queen Elizabeth II at the Banquet and Ball of the 16th/5th Royal Lancers Regiment of which the Queen is Colonel-in-Chief at London's Hyde Park Hotel


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Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Suva, Fiji from the Royal yacht and is presented a bouquet of flowers by Fijian girl Adi Kaunilotuma who sat down in front of her on the carpet during the royal visit to Fiji, February 1963.


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Princess Elizabeth represented the King at Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London on June 7, 1951


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The Commonwealth Tour 1953-54

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