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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

Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (1844-1900)

Man guarding a food supply waggon while encamped by a river in South Africa 22 Aug 1860

Albumen print | 6.2 x 7.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2917612

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In July to September 1860 Prince Alfred paid an official visit to South Africa while serving as a midshipman on board HMS Euryalus. His tour took him through the Cape Colony, Eastern Cape, Natal and the Orange Free State. The Prince, who had learnt the rudiments of photography before the visit, took with him a double stereoscopic box camera and other photographic materials and equipment. The photographs from this visit are some of the earliest surviving pictures by the Prince. Prince Alfred also made many personal family portraits, including a poignant memorial photograph showing Queen Victoria and Princess Alice with a bust of the Prince Consort in March 1862.