Princess Elizabeth, Buckingham Palace
Gelatin silver print
Museum no. Ph.289-1987
Beaton found the 1942 sitting a challenging one. He wrote in his diary of his quest for originality and his desire to produce a 'composition that is not merely a pastiche of the past'. The sixteen year-old Princess Elizabeth posed in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace, beside Winterhalter's portrait of Prince Leopold at the age of three months.