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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Pictorial Tea Tour ......................... Elizabeth II (c.1940)

Conversation piece at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, 1950
National Portrait Gallery, London

King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II), and her sister Princess Margaret.

The Royal Family remained in London throughout the war, and when Buckingham Palace received a direct hit the Queen said 'Now we can look the East End in the face'. Determination to share in the fate of the nation increased the popularity of the monarchy.

The informality of the presentation, for which the Queen was responsible, was entirely new: set at Royal Lodge, where the family's life was informal, and at tea-time, an accessible and very British occasion. Commissioned to hang in a public collection, its domestic character demonstrates changes in perceptions of the monarchy.

This is a personal favorite - a framed print hangs in my living room. I just love it.

(Purchase the Royal Lodge print here)
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