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Cecil Beaton (1904-80)

Princess Elizabeth with the infant Prince Charles, 14 December 1948 c. 2008 modern copy after an original of 1948

RCIN 2943273

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Prince Charles was born at Buckingham Palace on 14 November 1948. When he was one month old, an official photograph was taken of the baby with his 22-year-old mother, Princess Elizabeth. The photographer was Cecil Beaton, who recorded in his diary that the Prince ‘interrupted a long, contented sleep to do my bidding and open his blue eyes to stare long and wonderingly into the camera lens, the beginning of a lifetime in the glare of public duty’.