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In 1929 Princess Elizabeth was photographed by her father, the future King George VI, standing in front of a group of Madonna lilies, lilium candidum. The photograph was taken at St Paul’s Walden Bury, the Hertfordshire home of the Princess's maternal g

Since its advent, photography has been important to the royal family

Queen Alexandra, consort of King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1844-1925)

Collage design by Alexandra, Princess of Wales with portrait photographs, c. 1866-69 1866-69

RCIN 2300102

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Queen Alexandra was the most accomplished royal photographer of her era, experimenting with new photographic technologies as they became available, such as the earliest Kodak rollfilm cameras introduced in 1888 and 1889. Collage albums in the Royal Collection also reveal her great skill and artistry as a designer. This collage design of a clock face incorporates 12 small portrait photographs including the top photograph of Prince George, Duke of Cambridge (1818–1904). The design is from an album which features 29 imaginatively hand-coloured pages. The creation of such albums was a very popular pastime in the nineteenth century as an opportunity to express family and societal connections as well as personal creativity.