Sir Cecil Beaton was first invited to photograph Queen Elizabeth, consort of King George VI, in 1939. Over the next three decades, he was invited to photograph Queen Elizabeth II on many occasions, including her Coronation Day in 1953. An archive of Beaton's photographs, diaries, personal letters and press cuttings were bequeathed to the V&A in 1987 by his secretary, Eileen Hose.