Queen Elizabeth II
Gelatin silver print
Museum no. E.1370-2010
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Beaton discussed plans in advance of the sitting with Martin Charteris, the Queen's Private Secretary. Charteris wrote to the Queen: 'Cecil is anxious to do something different and wondered if Your Majesty would pose for him in a simple dress or the Boat Cloak?' This contact sheet shows the Queen wearing an Admiral's Boat Cloak of dark serge fabric, slightly adjusting her pose in each shot.