[Photo my own]
Between the incredible range of portraits currently on view in The Queen Art & Image (Britain's National Portrait Gallery) and the photographs included in Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton (the V & A), I now have a much better sense of how documented Her Majesty's entire life has been.
Not surprisingly, when Vogue's editors put together the first edition of The World in Vogue, published in 1963, they highlighted several images of Elizabeth II while other 20th-century icons were represented only once. If you flip through a vintage copy today, you'll find four pages devoted to her Coronation but what jumped out at me is the editors' other pick: this Central Press photo of a young Princess Elizabeth with her mother and her sister, Princess Margaret (far left), on the steps at Glamis Castle, the Queen Mother's ancestral home (and also Margaret's birthplace). Contrasted with the trio's polished, feminine coats, the exterior of the storm-braving Scottish castle -- the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth -- looks so rugged. Over the centuries, Glamis has undergone extensive architectural changes to suit the tastes of various generations.
Of course, the work of Los Angeles-based 20th-century architect Paul R. Williams was often informed by the grand old houses of Great Britain and France. (BTW, I think the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent time in a Williams-designed Georgian when they were supporting TUSK last year.) In the past, I've mentioned Williams' granddaughter Karen Hudson's earlier book about his astonishing career. Now, as you probably know, she has written another, the recently published Paul R. Williams: Classic Hollywood Style and she'll be speaking to designers at 11 a.m. on June 6 at the Pacific Design Center. Details here.