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Curated searches: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – from the photo libraries

• Last October PAN spotted Trunk Archive were the first photo library to run a Royal selection – here: Trunk Archive are photo-ready for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

So, as this will be the most important event in the UK calendar for 2022 we are helping Photo Editors and Researchers with this quick guide to the best curated photo collections from independent photo libraries as they land in the PAN mail.

The chosen design for the magnificent Coronation dress of Queen Elizabeth II created by couturier, Norman Hartnell. The dress featured exquisitely intricate embroidery, a hallmark of Hartnell’s work, depicting the various floral symbols of the British Isles and Commonwealth countries. The drawing also shows the Queen wearing the George IV diadem and behind her is the Imperial State Crown. Date: 1953 CLICK the design For Images

Mary Evans Picture Library: Queen of Style

The Queen does not follow fashion, but rises above it, and has displayed an inimitable sense of royal style over the years, mixing visibility in a rainbow range of hues and practical touches (sensible shoes and weights on skirts) with colour choices and details that are carefully picked for their diplomatic good vibes.

And hats of course; always hats. We have images from the Hardy Amies archive, as well as some key illustrations from the creator of the Queen’s wedding dress and Coronation gown, Norman Hartnell.

Click here for a fashion parade quite literally fit for a Queen.


Montage of Royal Collection images © Bridgeman Images – click it

Bridgeman Images: In February 2022, Her Majesty The Queen becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, a reign of 70 years, having acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952 when she was 25 years old.

The Royal Collection is one of the largest art collections in the world. Running to more than a million objects, it is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of kings and queens over the past 500 years. In addition to well-known paintings, drawings and other works of art, the Collection includes the contents of 15 royal residences across the UK, most of which are regularly open to the public, enabling visitors to enjoy the works of art in the historic settings for which they were originally acquired many centuries ago. View the collection here


V&A Images – Featuring portraits by Sir Cecil Beaton, our image selection shows Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation and early reign, as well as enjoying family life – here.


If you are after stock footage of the Queen the Imperial War Museums curators have selected clips of Princess Elizabeth from their collections including amateur colour film shot by a neighbour – more here.

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