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Image of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip


Object Type: Photograph
24 in. x 19 in. (60.96 cm x 48.26 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0017

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Elizabeth II (born 1926) and Prince Philip (born 1921) In 1947 Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten, who was made Duke of Edinburgh. Philip was the heir of Greek and Danish royalty but renounced those titles. Upon the death in 1953 of Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, she was crowned Queen Elizabeth the Second. Karsh made this photograph at Buckingham Palace. It is one of several Karsh portraits of Elizabeth. The earliest captured the spontaneity of a teenager. Another revealed the princess’s regal grace prior to her coronation. Like that earlier image, this one reads as more of a costume piece or state portrait than Karsh’s typically flattering personality studies.

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