Queen Elizabeth II

A Photographic Portrait



ISBN: 9780500026359 Category:

Philip Ziegler


A revised edition of a compelling photographic history of Queen Elizabeth II’s life and reign

This book is a photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, from her first official photograph as a baby in 1926 to her Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Each of the book’s chapters begins with a text by bestselling historian and biographer Philip Ziegler, covering the key royal and historical events of the period, with some contextual photographs, followed by a sequence of plates in chronological order. With over 200 images of the Queen by internationally distinguished photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Lord Snowdon and Rankin, the Queen is captured in a variety of poses, from formal photographs as a working monarch, to intimate portraits relaxing with her family at Balmoral and Windsor. All the images have been officially approved by the Palace, making this the only illustrated book that anyone will ever need on Queen Elizabeth II.

Additional information

Weight 1638 g
Dimensions 23 x 29 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 27 April 2023
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23 x 29 cm
Weight 1638 g


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Philip Ziegler (1929-2023) was the bestselling author of Mountbatten: The Official Biography, King Edward VIII: The Official Biography, Diana Cooper: The Biography of Lady Diana Cooper and London at War, 1939-1945.

Emma Blau is the granddaughter of the founder of Camera Press, the photo agency that hosted the work of royal photographers throughout the Queen's life. She is the Creative Director of Camera Press and has curated many exhibitions. Her photography is held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.