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The Art of Monarchy

A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

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The Duke of York (the second son of King George V) here photographs his young daughter, much as any father would photograph his children. This photograph, and others taken at the same time, were not intended for publication; they were private, taken away from the public gaze while the Royal Family was at the private residence of Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The photographs portray an affectionate family life, consisting of much time spent with grandchildren and pets, something that is familiar to most people. This particular photograph ended up in the Duke’s personal photograph album, as well as in the photograph album of his mother, Queen Mary (shown here with her brother, the Earl of Athlone).