Cecil Beaton, The Coronation - Queen Elizabeth II with her Maids of Honour

Cecil Beaton, The Coronation - Queen Elizabeth II with her Maids of Honour

Queen Elizabeth II with her Maids of Honour
Cecil Beaton
Gelatin silver print
2 June 1953
Museum no. PH.1530-1987
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

In selecting six Maids of Honour instead of pages to bear her velvet train throughout the Coronation ceremony, the Queen followed the precedent of Queen Victoria. From left to right, they were:
Lady Moyra Hamilton (now Lady Moyra Campbell), Lady Anne Coke (now The Rt Hon The Lady Glenconner), Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill (now Lady Rosemary Muir), Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton (now Lady Mary Russell), Lady Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (now The Rt Hon The Baroness Willoughby de Eresby), Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart (now The Rt Hon The Lady Rayne)