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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Buckingham Palace


Creator: Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)
Creation Date: 
11 May 1854
Materials and techniques: 
Albumen print
20.4 x 16.2 cm (print)
Commissioned by Queen Victoria, invoice for 8 July 1854, RA PP2/6/4638 £66-2-0.

Photograph showing a full length portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Prince Albert (1819-61), photographed at Buckingham Palace. Queen Victoria stands in right side profile and wears formal court dress. Prince Albert stands in left side profile, holding a feathered hat in his left hand and wears a uniform. There is a pedestal between them, with flowers upon it.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are wearing court dress, having just attended a Drawing Room, a formal ceremony at St James’s Palace in which people were presented to the Queen. This image, one of a set of at least six, is the first photograph of the Queen as a reigning monarch rather than as wife or mother.
Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010

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