Cecil Beaton, The 1968 Sitting - Queen Elizabeth II, White Drawing Room

Cecil Beaton, The 1968 Sitting - Queen Elizabeth II, White Drawing Room

Queen Elizabeth II
Cecil Beaton
Gelatin silver print
White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace
1968
Museum no. PH.1925-1987
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

For photographs in the White Drawing Room, the Queen wore a turquoise silk sleeveless shift dress with silver floral embroidery designed by Hardy Amies. Daylight streamed through the windows and Beaton was elated: 'The sun was now shining for the rest of the afternoon and I bade the many assistants bring in our background from the dark cavern and rely on God's glorious daylight. Everywhere were sparkling possibilities.'