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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

King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)

Maharaja Dalip Singh of Lahore (1838-93) 7 Jun 1856

RCIN 2915336

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Maharaja Duleep Singh of Lahore was the last Sikh ruler of the Punjab. Following the British annexation of the territory in 1849 he settled in England in 1854. This portrait was taken at Roehampton by the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, who regularly visited the Maharaja at his estate at Elveden Hall, Suffolk. It is possible this is the first photograph that the Prince ever took, as records show he did not buy his first camera until 18 June 1857. The Prince's interest in photography was developed further when photographer Francis Bedford accompanied him on a tour of the Middle East in 1862. The Royal Collection also holds six finely-bound photographs albums compiled by Bourne and Shepherd which document the Prince's tour of India in 1875–6.