Queen Elizabeth, Buckingham Palace Garden
Gelatin silver print
Museum no. E.1374-2010
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Beaton struck up an instant rapport with the Queen. His diary reveals that she was an active participant in the staging of her romantic portraits, suggesting suitable dresses and accessories. Here, Beaton combined a painterly eye with the elegant style of his Vogue fashion studies. Like those, each royal portrait would be carefully retouched under Beaton's instruction, to define facial features and trim silhouettes.