70 years ago, on 26 February 1952, just 20 days after Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne, the first official photographic sitting with the new Queen was granted to the photographer Dorothy Wilding.
Her Majesty The Queen was wearing single pearl earrings and the South Africa Necklace, with a sleeveless dress. The South Africa Necklace was a 21st birthday gift from the Government of the Union of South Africa in 1947.
A total of 59 photographs were taken by Wilding and were the basis of The Queen’s image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971, as well as providing the official portrait of Her Majesty which was sent to every British embassy throughout the world.
At the 2022 Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, 24 portraits of The Queen taken by Dorothy Wilding will be on display, alongside items of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery worn for the portrait sittings.
Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from Friday, 22 July to Sunday, 2 October 2022.
For more information, visit the Royal Collection website here
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