Queen Elizabeth II - A Photographic Portrait

Queen Elizabeth II

A Photographic Portrait

  1. Philip Ziegler
  2. Foreword by Emma Blau
  • ISBN 9780500543887
  • 30.00 x 23.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 256pp
  • 210 Illustrations, 108 in colour
  • First published 2010
‘A stunning collection of images by world-renowned photographers’ – Daily Express
‘A captivating glimpse into the Queen’s life’ – Hello
‘A stunning photographic biography’ – Majesty
‘Lavish … Ziegler’s text is authoritative, not to say magisterial’ – The Lady

Queen Elizabeth II has been a remarkable figure on the global stage for well over half a century. Her attraction has been shaped, in significant part, by the the royal photographers, many of them internationally distinguished.

From the first official photograph of the baby Princess to her Coronation, and from family gatherings to the many royal overseas tours, this has been a life lived in the lens. This unique group of images captures some of the most significant royal moments of the modern age. The photographs have been especially selected from the archives of Camera Press, the agency that has represented generations of royal photographers.

The Queen has been photographed by the leading photographers of the day – Cecil Beaton, Karsh, Snowdon, Lichfield, Jane Bown, Anthony Crickmay, Rankin, among many others. The result gives insight into Her Majesty as symbol and as human being, monarch and woman.

Royal biographer Philip Ziegler chronicles the context in which these photographs were taken as well as changing public perceptions of the monarchy. Rarely seen documentary photographs complement the text, bringing day-to-day royal duties and the impact of world events into focus.

Philip Ziegler is one of the most widely read and admired historians and biographers of our times. His books include the official biographies of King Edward VIII, Lord Mountbatten and Sir Harold Wilson. His wide-ranging publications also include a history of the Black Death and a study of the contemporary monarchy, Crown and People. He is currently at work on the official biography of Sir Edward Heath.

Photographer Emma Blau is the granddaughter of the founder of Camera Press, the remarkable photo agency that has hosted the work of royal photographers throughout the Queen’s life. She is the Creative Director of Camera Press and was formerly the Director of the Tom Blau Gallery, where she curated many exhibitions. Her photography is held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.