Queen Victoria’s personal photos to be revealed in a new exhibition

Queen Victoria and children in 1854
The Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, Princess Alice, the Queen and Prince Alfred. Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

A new exhibition will display rare photos of Queen Victoria and her family, lifting the lid on the private lives of the royals.

This photo from 1852 shows Queen Victoria with some of her children.
Queen Victoria (centre), is barely visible in this photo of 1852, with five of her nine children. Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

A new exhibition, which opens tomorrow at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, will feature a rare collection of photos depicting the life and times of Britain’s longest reigning monarch to date, Queen Victoria.

The Queen and Prince Albert, May 11, 1854
In this photo, on loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria and her much loved husband, Prince Albert are captured together. Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography charts Queen Victoria’s interest in photography, a medium which only came into use in 1839, two years after she took the throne. Bringing together a selection of private portraits, early prints and official photography, the exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the lives of Victoria and Albert and their nine children as Victoria became the first monarch to have her life captured on camera.

Victoria herself was keen on photography and had a large private collection, and the exhibition will investigate how she used photography to shape her public image, from doting mother, to grieving widow (following the death of her beloved Albert), to a powerful leader.

A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography will run until 8 June at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

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Queen Victoria and children in 1854
The Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, Princess Alice, the Queen and Prince Alfred. Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

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