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Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (1904-80)

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900-2002) when Queen Elizabeth, Buckingham Palace Gardens 1939

RCIN 2315149

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The Waterloo Vase is made from a single piece of Carrara marble originally reserved by Napoleon, but given to the Prince Regent in 1815. The vase, which is over 5m tall, is carved with scenes from the battle. It was intended as the centrepiece of the Waterloo Chamber, but was too heavy for the floor to bear and now stands in the gardens at Buckingham Palace.