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[QUEEN ELIZABETH II].

[Signed Christmas Card by H. M. Queen Elizabeth II]

Stock Code
103511
1957
£1,900

This family photograph is one of several taken by Anthony Armstrong Jones (later, Lord Snowdon on his marriage to Princess Margaret, in 1960), on 10th October, 1957. Armstrong Jones first met Princess Margaret the year before at Holkham in Norfolk, when he was the official photographer for the marriage of Lady Anne Coke, the eldest daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester, to the Hon. Colin Tennant. Until this time, Cecil Beaton tended to be the favoured Royal photographer, mainly with the Queen Mother but also her daughter, the Queen. However, Prince Philip did not share their liking for him and was keen to cultivate alternatives. Hence, one assumes the choice for this official shoot.

1957 was also a significant year for another reason, it was the first Christmas that the Queen's annual address to the nation was televised, hitherto, only heard on the radio.

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Description

Christmas card with a photograph showing the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Anne as small children sitting under a tree canopy with corgis, signed 'Elizabeth R.' 1957, 390 x 240 mm, with accompanying envelope, framed and glazed with a small aperture on the reverse revealing the Royal crest on the front of the card, 890 x 430 mm.

Bibliography

National Portrait Gallery ref: 29573 for another from the same shoot.

Stock ID:103511

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