Princess Elizabeth as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Buckingham Palace
Gelatin silver print
Museum no. Ph.220-1987
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
In February 1942, the King appointed his fifteen-year-old daughter Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, the senior Regiment of the Foot Guards. It was the first time in history that a woman had held the position. The Princess wears an embroidered grenade in her cap and a blue enamelled and diamond brooch, the Regimental cypher, presented to her by the Regiment on her sixteenth birthday.