Queen Elizabeth II in Coronation Robes
Cecil Beaton (1904-80)
Photograph, 1953
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Colour photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day, 2nd June 1953. Seated upon a throne, the new Queen is crowned and holds the orb and sceptre. She is dressed in an elaborately embroidered gown and wears a long dark cloak. The cloak, like the gown, is embroidered with golden threads. It is trimmed with a thick white and black fur and fastened with broad, golden braids and knots. Her jewels, crown and clothing glisten. The scene is framed by a heavy draped curtain, which is tied back to reveal a painted backdrop depicting the grand latticed naves of Westminster Abbey (where the Coronation ceremony had taken place shortly before this sitting).