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The Three Queens
The Three Queens

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900 - 2002) (right) in mourning with Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mary (centre) at the funeral of King George VI.  King George VI died on the night of February 6, 1952. The funeral took place on a dreary winter day — an even grimmer occasion than the average royal funeral. Photographer Ron Case (a collegue of Ron Burton's at Keystone Press Agency and a life-long friend), who was with a group of other press photographers outside St George’s Chapel, Windsor, had only RAF aerial reconnaissance camera. With that old wartime equipment he took the photo of Princess Elizabeth (the new Queen); Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) (l. to r.) making their way slowly into the chapel where the king’s body lay in state.

The picture, which came to be known as the ‘Three Queens in mourning’, is a truly haunting image. All three grieving queens, representing three changing generations, were clearly seen through their veils. Although other photos of three queens altogether exist, they were nearly all official portraits, and Case’s informal photo revealed the rarely seen aspect of the modern royalty: trained from birth to repress their emotions, they were still capable of humane emotions. The next day, a close up version of this photo also made the front pages of every single national paper, and subsequently become one of the most widely distributed British photographs of the 20th century.
 

Photo by Ron Case 15 February 1952

 

Reading Machine
Reading Machine

Project leader on Electronic Reading Automaton George Norrie in front of the scanner of the Solartron Reading Machine. 28 February 1957

Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden
Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden

Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon seen here during the ceremony to mark the independence of the Island of Jamaica. 6 August 1962

George Brown MP
George Brown MP

Predicament: George Brown listens to Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell addressing the Labour Party conference with strongly-stated opposition to British membership of the Common Market: "We must be clear about this; it does mean, if this is the idea, the end of Britain as an independent European state. I make no apology for repeating it. It means the end of a thousand years of history. You may say: Let it end. But, my goodness, it is a decision that needs a little care and thought." 3 October 1962

Violet Kray
Violet Kray

Funeral of Violet Kray, mother of Reggie & Ronnie Kray, Chingford, North East London. 11 August 1982.

The Queen With Pope John Paul II
The Queen With Pope John Paul II

The Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh pictured with Pope John Paul II during a State Visit to the Vatican City. 17 October 1980

Ballet Class
Ballet Class

Children dancing during a ballet class at the Morgan Alsanoff Stage School in London.  12 November 1975

The Nun's Olympics
The Nun's Olympics

The Nun's Olympics. Left to Right Spike Milligan, David Cannon, Barbara Bremel, Susan Crosland and Kevin Moran. They didn't have quite the organisation, perhaps, of the Munich Olympics. But the ecclesiastical games did have a spirit of their own. There were nuns, monks, rabbis and vicars gathered in Chiswick to display their prowess for Spike Milligan, whose new BBC TV comedy series 'A Milligan for All Seasons' starts next week. There were hurdle races for the nuns (at least two of whom were fellas), pole vaults for priests . . . and an amazing confessional relay, with each runner stopping to confess every 100 yards. Producer Roger Race, slightly bemused, said: " Spike told us to order a couple of dozen actors in clerical garb and this is the result." Spike himself turned out for the hurdles, dressed as a Roman Catholic priest, hoping to achieve immortality, presumably, as the Father of the Games. 4 September 1972

Marty Feldman
Marty Feldman

Comedian Marty Feldman poses for Mirror cameraman Ron Burton after his interview with Donald Zec at ATV's Elstree studios, during filming of his series "Marty Feldman's Comedy Machine. 29 July 1971

Guy the Gorilla
Guy the Gorilla

Guy the gorilla seen here on the 28th anniversary of his arrival at London Zoo (5 November 1947 - which explains his name). He spent the day rather quietly for an urban gorilla. He weighs in at 33 stone, compared with the 14 lbs on his arrival 28 years before. 5 November 1975

Biafran War
Biafran War

Biafran soldiers seen here advancing through the jungle towards the Nigerian army. The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War endured for two and a half years, from 6 July 1967 to 15 January 1970, and was fought to counter the secession of Biafra from Nigeria. The indigenous Igbo people of Biafra felt they could no longer co-exist with the Northern-dominated federal government following independence from Great Britain. Political, economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions finally boiled over into civil war following the 1966 military coup, then counter-coup, which led to the persecution of Igbo living in Northern Nigeria. Control over oil production in the Niger Delta played a vital strategic role in the causes of the war. Within a year, the Nigerian Military Government had surrounded Biafra and imposed a blockade. The ensuing stalemate led to a severe famine in the region. Over the two and half years of the conflict varying estimates of one to two million people died from starvation, diseases or fighting. 11 June 1968

Biafran War
Biafran War

A Biafran soldier seen here helping an old lady from the wreckage of her home following a artillery bombard by the Nigerian army. The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War endured for two and a half years, from 6 July 1967 to 15 January 1970, and was fought to counter the secession of Biafra from Nigeria. The indigenous Igbo people of Biafra felt they could no longer co-exist with the Northern-dominated federal government following independence from Great Britain. Political, economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions finally boiled over into civil war following the 1966 military coup, then counter-coup, which led to the persecution of Igbo living in Northern Nigeria. Control over oil production in the Niger Delta played a vital strategic role in the causes of the war. Within a year, the Nigerian Military Government had surrounded Biafra and imposed a blockade. The ensuing stalemate led to a severe famine in the region Over the two and half years of the conflict varying estimates of one to two million people died from starvation, diseases or fighting. 11 June 1968

Tunnel of Flames
Tunnel of Flames

Bombardier Derek Shipley of the Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team seen here travelling thorough the tunnel of flames during a practice session before the start of the teams summer season of displays. Mirror cameraman Ron Burton went along for the ride and snapped his remarkable picture from the pillion using a fronted mounted camera. Later, he said: "I ducked my head, closed my eyes and pressed the button ... one trip was enough for me." 8 May 1973

Easy Rider
Easy Rider

Early rider! He roars through the air with the greatest of ease...the kid who makes jumping over nine men look like child's play. But then it's not really surprising that little John Shipley is leaping into the lime light at the tender age of six. His dad Sergeant Derek Shipley (see the Tunnel of Flames pic) was in charge of the Royal Artillery motorcycle display team, based at Woolwich. Derek nearest the camera, regularly soars over twenty men during their summer shows. But John, the team's mascot, has already got that number well in his sights. Twice, between school lessons, he has appeared in displays at Woolwich. Now the Early Rider's just rarin' to roar ahead. 7 September 1976

Biafran War
Biafran War

An emaciated mother seen here trying to breast fed her baby, just two of the estimated one to two million victims of the Biafran War.  The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War, endured for two and a half years, from 6 July 1967 to 15 January 1970, and was fought to counter the secession of Biafra from Nigeria. The indigenous Igbo people of Biafra felt they could no longer co-exist with the Northern-dominated federal government following independence from Great Britain. Political, economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions finally boiled over into civil war following the 1966 military coup, then counter-coup, which led to the persecution of Igbo living in Northern Nigeria. Control over oil production in the Niger Delta played a vital strategic role in the causes of the war.
Within a year, the Nigerian Military Government had surrounded Biafra and imposed a blockade. The ensuing stalemate led to a severe famine in the region. Over the two and half years of the conflict, according to varying estimates, one to two million people died from starvation, diseases or fighting. 23 June 1968

Helicopter Rescue
Helicopter Rescue

A photograph of a helicopter rescue operation (Sikorsky S-55), taken by Keystone photographer Ronald Burton, which won him the Press Photographer of the Year and News Photograph of the Year Award. 19 December 1958

Amazing Randi
Amazing Randi

The Amazing Randi, professional escapologist peers out from the sealed coffin in which he will attempt to break his own endurance record of staying two hours under water, at the West Ham Municipal Baths in London. 14 October 1958

Norman Manley
Norman Manley

Chief Minister of Jamaica Norman Manley talking to a member of London's Notting Hill community after rioting in the area, during a visit to England. 6 September 1958

Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

The Bolton Wanderers footballer Nat Lofthouse, scoring against Manchester United in the FA Cup final. 3 May 1958

Deep Freeze Murder
Deep Freeze Murder

After completing their search, detectives remove the ropes on either side of the path leading to the spot where the body of 17-year-old Anne Noblett was found at Rose Grove Wood, near Whitwell, Hertfordshire. Noblett was last seen on 30 December 1957. Her body was discovered a month later by two brothers walking their dog. The body was found in a frozen condition, despite relatively mild weather. This led to speculation that it had been kept in a deep freeze for some time before being dumped at the wood, and to the case becoming known as the 'Deep Freeze Murder'. Noblett's killer remains unidentified. 2 February 1958

Snow Fun
Snow Fun

A boy pushing his younger friends along the street in a home-made toboggan during a snowy winter in Ilford, Essex. 21 January 1958

Bound for Oz
Bound for Oz

A group of children aged between six and thirteen board a train at London's St Pancras Station, en route to new homes in Australia. Having somehow been deprived of a normal home life, they are being sent abroad by the Church of England Scheme, in the hope of better things. 18 Januray 1958

Indiscreet
Indiscreet

Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman photographed chatting to PC Sid Goodwin, a City policeman, during a break from shooting the film 'Indiscreet'. 23 November 1957

Chimp Art
Chimp Art

Congo, the famously artistic London Zoo chimpanzee, with one of his paintings at an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts which is being held in association with the Zoological Society of London. 16 September 1957

Durham Scouts
Durham Scouts

The Durham County scout troop raise their caps at the opening of the World Scout Jubilee Jamboree at Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. 2 August 1957

Trick Shot
Trick Shot

Captain Orpen RN lays aiming a rifle with the rifle sling supported in his teeth at the 88th meeting at Bisley. 8 July 1957

NFT Foundation
NFT Foundation

Lord Salisbury, Lord President of the Council, lays the foundation stone of the new National Film Theatre on London's South Bank. 8 March 1957

Wiener Library
Wiener Library

Mrs Ilse Wolff the librarian in the Wiener Library founded by Dr Alfred Wiener as a weapon against Hitler and Nazi propaganda. At present in Manchester Square, London it is having to move due to rebuilding but no new premises have been found. 21 March 1957

Stanley Matthews
Stanley Matthews

Stanley Matthews (left) of Blackpool and Billy Kiernan of Charlton Athletic battle for the ball during a match at The Valley. 2 February 1957

Buying Premium Bonds
Buying Premium Bonds

Customers buying Premium Savings Bonds, on sale for the first time, outside the Royal Exchange, London. 1 November 1956

Awe-inspiring acrobatics
Awe-inspiring acrobatics

Youngsters gaze up in amazement as aerial balancer Johnny Caross performs acrobatic feats at the Battersea Fun Fair, London. These are no ordinary feats however - Johnny is balancing on top of a thin, swaying pole, 110 feet above the ground. 30 July 1955

Kings Cross Delays
Kings Cross Delays

Crowds of travellers waiting at King's Cross Coach Station. The number of people waiting is larger than usual because of a rail strike. 31 May 1955

Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark

The old sailing ship the Cutty Sark being cheered by Naval officers as she is towed into her new berth at Greenwich. 10 October 1954

Queen Elizabeth Inspection
Queen Elizabeth Inspection

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh), uses a large umbrella during her inspection of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on Horse Guards Parade, London. 12 June 1954

Barbara Hepworth
Barbara Hepworth

Lady Patricia Ramsay and artist Barbara Hepworth looking at a 'wave' sculpture in the exhibition of the artists work, at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. 7 April 1954.

Malcolm Sargent
Malcolm Sargent

British conductor Malcolm Sargent examines the portrait of the Queen Mother by Edward I Halliday at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Royal Institute Galleries, London. 20 November 1953

Redroofs
Redroofs

Actresses (L-R) Diana Wynyard, Sally Anne Howes and Cicely Courtneidge, at the opening of a theatrical convalescence home at the home of Ivor Novello, at Redroofs, Maidenhead, England. 8 September 1953

Jean Desforges
Jean Desforges

British athlete Jean Desforges and her French counterpart Denise Laborie, competing in the 80m hurdles event, White City Stadium, London. 3 August 1953.

Vaughan Williams
Vaughan Williams

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams conducting the Boyd Neil Orchestra, during rehearsals for the Kings Lynn Music Festival, Kensington, London. 29 July 1953.

Edmund Hillary
Edmund Hillary

The victorious Mount Everest climbing team arrive at London Airport. Colonel John Hunt waves the flag, on his left is Tenzing Norgay, better known as Sherpa Tensing, and on his right is Edmund Hillary. 3 July 1953

Coronation Crowds
Coronation Crowds

Crowds watching the parade for Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation. 2 June 1953

Quentin Hogg
Quentin Hogg

English jurist and statesman Quintin Hogg, 2nd Viscount Hailsham, chats to John Senter after they had been sworn in as QC's (Queen's Counsel) at the House of Lords, London, along with seventeen British lawyers. 14 April 1953

Queen Mary
Queen Mary

One of many floral tributes to Her Late Majesty Queen Mary being carried from Mssrs Moysey Stevens' premises. 30 March 1953

Giannella de Marco
Giannella de Marco

Child prodigy Giannella De Marco conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. 9 March 1953

Les Paul
Les Paul

American musician and inventor Les Paul and his wife Mary Ford demonstrate two of Paul's new electric guitars during a press reception at the Savoy Hotel in London. 9 September 1952

Geoffrey Tyson
Geoffrey Tyson

Portrait of Chief Test Pilot Geoffrey Tyson, standing in front of the Saunders-Roe Princess flying-boat, at Cowes, England. 19 August 1952

Chief Oniru
Chief Oniru

Chief Oniru of Lagos, with three minders, arriving at the BBC in ceremonial robes, London. 12 March 1952

Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Wilding
Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Wilding

American actress Elizabeth Taylor with Michael Wilding just after their wedding. 21 February 1952

Stormy Margate
Stormy Margate

Storms lash the promenade at Margate with winds of eighty to ninety miles an hour. 18 January 1952

Wiere Brothers
Wiere Brothers

Comedy act 'The Wiere Brothers', (L-R) Herbert, Sylvester and Harry, joking around during rehearsals for the Gala Midnight Matinee at the London Coliseum. December 9th 1951.

Jean Harbin
Jean Harbin

Magician Jean Harbin (right) suspends 14-year-old audience volunteer Jean Hall in mid-air during a performance at the Scala Theatre, with the aid of her father. 24 September 1951

Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret attending the premiere of the film 'Captain Horatio Hornblower' at the Warner Theatre Leicester Square. 12 April 1951

Bernard Shaw's funeral
Bernard Shaw's funeral

American actor John Wayne (1907 - 1979) surrounded by fans at the opening of Republic House, the new Headquarters of Republic Pictures, in Soho Square, London. 26 February 1951

Bernard Shaw's funeral
Bernard Shaw's funeral

The body of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in London. 6 November 1950.

Clement Freud and June Flewett
Clement Freud and June Flewett

English broadcaster, writer, politician and chef Clement Freud (1924 - 2009) in London with his fiancee, actress June Flewett, shortly after their engagement was announced. At the time, Freud was working as the catering manager at the Arts Theatre Club. 28 June 1950

Alf Ramsey
Alf Ramsey

Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer Alf Ramsey (1920 - 1999) in an England shirt. 28 November 1949

Clement Attlee
Clement Attlee

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee (1883 - 1967) waves from the cockpit of a US B 50 (Nifty 50) aircraft at Marham. 4 October 1949

Pilgrims
Pilgrims

Christian pilgrims arrive in London from Jerusalem carrying a wooden cross from Mount Calvary. They parade through Liverpool Street on their way to the Church of Saint Mary. 11 July 1949

Portable Television
Portable Television

The Baird portable television on display in an exhibition at Olympia, London. 12 May 1949

Nehru and Menon
Nehru and Menon

Indian Prime Minister Pandit Nehru (1889 - 1964, right) arrives at Downing Street in London with V. K. Krishna Menon (1896 - 1974), the High Commissioner for India. They are scheduled for talks with British Prime Minister Clement Attlee.  21 April 1949

Emigrating Orphans
Emigrating Orphans

Orphans from St Anthony's Home for Girls, Feltham, waiting at St Pancas railway station, London, before travelling to Tilbury docks to board a ship bound for Australia under the Catholic Emigration Scheme. The girls are travelling to the Saint Vincent Paul Sisters Of Charity in Adelaide. 17 December 1948

Prisoners Lunch
Prisoners Lunch

German prisoners of war waiting outside the House of Commons to take lunch with a group of MP's from a selection of political parties. 6 August 1947

Lord Longford
Lord Longford

British politician Frank Pakenham (1905 - 2001), 7th Earl of Longford. 30 April 1947

Prince Charles and Princess Diana - Royal wedding
Prince Charles and Princess Diana - Royal wedding

Prince Charles and Princess Diana return from St Paul's Cathedral after their wedding. 29 July 1981

Michael Ramsey
Michael Ramsey

Michael Ramsey, the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury, seen here at the Butlin's holiday camp at Clacton praying as a young holidaymaker looks on. 6 June 1961

harold-and-mary-wilson
harold-and-mary-wilson

Mary Wilson sewing on a button on to the jacket of her husband Harold's jacket at their new temporary house in Vincent Square.  3 July 1970

 

The Queen in Samoa
The Queen in Samoa

HRH Queen Elizabeth II seen here being greeted by officials in Western Samoa during her Silver Jubilee tour of Australia and the Far East. 11 February 1977

Army Band
Army Band

20-year-old Royal Military School of Music trained clarinet player John Lake anticipates the impending crash of the cymbals behind him as the ist Battalion Parachute Regiment band is about to start playing.  27 August 1970

Queen Elizabeth II in Tonga
Queen Elizabeth II in Tonga

Queen Elizabeth II seen here in Tonga with the King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga during her on her Silver Jubilee tour of Australia and the Far East. 14 February 1977

Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee street party in Glenfinlas Way, Camberwell. Children sitting at long table in street being served food and drink by parents. June 1977

Roger Daltrey of The Who performing on stage in Toronto
Roger Daltrey of The Who performing on stage in Toronto

Roger Daltrey of The Who performing on stage in Toronto, Canada. 18 January 1983

Adam Ant
Adam Ant

1980s pop singer Adam Ant stands on stage at the Palladium Hollywood, Los Angeles USA . 9 December 1982

Royal Silver Jubilee Tour 1977. The Queen visits Samoa.
Royal Silver Jubilee Tour 1977. The Queen visits Samoa.

Royal Silver Jubilee Tour 1977. The Queen visits Samoa.

Bernadine wall
Bernadine wall

Bernadine Wall, who was a witness in the obscenity trial for D.H. Lawrence's book "Lady Chatterley's Lover", pictured with her fiance Stephen Bishop. 16 April 1961

John Thaw and Dennis Waterman filming for the TV series 'The Sweeney'
John Thaw and Dennis Waterman filming for the TV series 'The Sweeney'

John Thaw and Dennis Waterman filming for the TV series 'The Sweeney'. 9  March 1978

Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn
Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn

Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn seen here at the presss photo call for the Royal Ballet's production of Pelleas Et Melisande. 24 March 1969

Actress Audrey Hepburn
Actress Audrey Hepburn

Actress Audrey Hepburn arrives for the premiere of My Fair Lady in New York with husband Mel Ferrer (left) and Stan Holloway who also stars in the film. 21 October 1964

 

Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter

The Caretaker. Wedding of playwright Harold Pinter and author Lady Antonia Fraser at Kensington Registry Office. 27 November 1980

Jazz singers
Jazz singers

Jazz singers Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross talking to Reverend Collins. 2 March 1959

Mr Brian Cole, winner of the Remarkable Pipe
Mr Brian Cole, winner of the Remarkable Pipe

Mr Brian Cole, winner of the Remarkable Pipe Contest seen here smoking / playing his Silver Jubilee Fanfare Pipe, a trumpet with six pipes attached at the Prince Henry's in Fleet Street. 26 July 1977

unemployed
unemployed

On the scrap heap, literally. Andrew Carlo, student aged 18 years old, from Colchester in Essex.  Educated but unable to find a job due to lack of opportunities, in the past six months he has worked for only one day - picking fruit. 3 June 1983

BABY DOLL Gorilla
BABY DOLL Gorilla

BABY DOLL Gorilla gives birth to baby KIBABU, at Howley Park Zoo. 31 May 1977

The Goodies
The Goodies

In tandem: The Goodies, on the perfect answer to petrol rationing, ride their three seater tandem bicycle in London. 21 November 1973

Mothers Day
Mothers Day

Don't forget mine Mum - Mothers Day treat in 1964.

Playing cricket
Playing cricket

Birds eye view of Lords cricket ground on the first day of cricket on Sunday. Jonathan Cree views the cricket through binoculars from the balcony of his father's ninth floor flat in a block called Lords View. 1 August 1965

nottingham-forest
nottingham-forest

Nottingham Forest team on a tour of the city of Nottingham following their FA Cup final victory.  Nottingham Forest's coach emerges from the city's railway station with skipper Jack Burkitt proudly holding aloft the trophy from the roof of the team bus to the huge crowd gathered on the streets. 4 May 1959

Coffee Bar
Coffee Bar

Cafes and Coffee Bars, Harlow & Bracknell. 18 October 1959

Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow
Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow

Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow attend celebrity dinner party for guests of honour, Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon, The Bistro Restaurant, Hollywood, California, USA. 8 November 1965

sinatra-and-pavarotti
sinatra-and-pavarotti

My kinda guy: Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti, benefit for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, held at Radio City Music Hall, New York, USA. 24 January 1982

deckchairs
deckchairs

Sunny afternoon. A couple in sit in a pair of deckchairs holding hands and looking at one another as they enjoy the early warm spring sunshine. 4 March 1979

Printing The Sun
Printing The Sun

A printer overseeing the production of the first editions of the new Sun newspaper as they roll off the production line in 1964.The Sun Newspaper, was launched by its then owners, International Publishing Corporation (IPC), to replace the Daily Herald, and was initially published in Manchester. 15 September 1964

Sid James
Sid James

Creased Up! Sid James, "Carry On" actor and star of the Thames television situation comedy show Bless This House pictured having a laugh ahead of his visit to Australia where he was going to star in a stage farce called "Marriage Fever". 20 July 1972.

Yawning dog
Yawning dog

The dog that has to yawn to order. An audition took place in Broad Court, off Drury Lane, London to find a placid, bored mongrel dog, able to yawn on cue. The dog was required for the part of Crab in the rock musical "Two Gentlemen of Verona", which opened at the Phoenix Theatre, London on 26th April 1973. The dog would be playing opposite entertainer Benny Lee. The dog finally chosen was a six year old mongrel called "Ponting", owned by Mrs Daphne MacDonald of Chelsea. She had picked him up as a stray.  27 March  1973

Billy Graham
Billy Graham

Evangelist Dr. Billy Graham is in England for Spree '73, Spiritual Re-Emphasis Week, to be held at Earls Court from Monday 27th August to Friday 31st August, and at Wembley Stadium Saturday 1st September. Spree '73 at Earls Court is for aid delegates taking part in a week's training. Dr Graham will be speaking each evening with Cliff Richard and others participating. Johnny Cash will participate at Wembley. Billy Graham is pictured at Lincoln's Inn Fields. 23 August 1973

Vera Lynn
Vera Lynn

Forces darling Dame Vera Lynn celebrates the 40th Anniversary of D Day with an appearance  in 'Stage Door Canteen' at the Lyceum Theatre in London. The front is sandbagged and Vera is wearing World War Two uniform for the photocall, pictured with some of the troops outside the theatre.

mrs-mitterand-and-thatcher
mrs-mitterand-and-thatcher

Lording It. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escorts the wife of French President Francois Mitterrand into the Royal Gallery as her husband prepares to makes a speech to the House of Lords and House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster. 24 October 1984

Cilla
Cilla

Cilla Black, pictured in London. 8 May 1964

Cilla
Cilla

Singer Cilla Black, at the London Palladium.  8 May 1964

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa

Hot Rat. Frank Zappa, American musician, at The Royal Garden Hotel, London. Frank Zappa held a press conference that day in The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London, where he publicly charged that he is being discriminated against by some London theatres and their managers following their refusal to allow him to perform in London during his European Tour. 5 September 1974

alexandra-and-ogilvy
alexandra-and-ogilvy

Sir Angus James Bruce Ogilvy and his bride Princess Alexandra of Kent, cousin to the queen seen here on their wedding day leaving Westminster Abbey, followed by their bridesmaids Princess Anne, Georgina Butters, Archduchess Elizabeth of Austria and page boy David Ogilvy. 23 April 1963

Red Arrows
Red Arrows

The view from the cockpit of a Red Arrow as they over fly RAF Little Rissington home of the Central Flying School in formation. 4 August 1965

Red Arrows
Red Arrows

The eyes have it. Daily Herald photographer Ron Burton in the cockpit of a Folland Gnat aircraft of the RAF Aerobatics team the Red Arrows as he joins the team on a training flight over RAF Little Rissington, home of the Central Flying School. Ron worked for months on this iconic photo of the Red Arrows in formation and had to undergo special training in a flight simulator so that he could cope with the  G-forces while in flight.  4 August 1965

Regatta
Regatta

They also sailed. Unhappy ending for two competitors in the Easter Sailing Regatta at Teddington. 28 April 1962.

southend-lifeboat
southend-lifeboat

A curtain of spray roaring in protest as the 26 ton RNLI lifeboat Greater London crashes through as it is launched from the end of Southend Pier, at the head of the Thames Estuary. The 46ft 9in Watson Class lifeboat has an eight man crew from Southend. All the crew have other jobs. Most are piermen and fishermen, one is a car salesman but all of them must be ready to answer a distress call whenever it comes.  16 January 1966

Prince Charles
Prince Charles

Prince Charles bowling during a charity cricket match at Brands Hatch Cricket Club in Kent. 21 July 1968.

Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Sir Alec Douglas-Home

Man of the people... Conservative Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home at Ongar. During a speech he gave at this event Mr Austen Brooks, a member of the League of Empire Loyalists, heckled Mr Douglas-Home. 27 July 1964

David Bowie
David Bowie

Starman. British rock singer David Bowie performing on stage. 2 March 1987

leslie-and-michael-grade
leslie-and-michael-grade

That's my boy! Michael Grade and his father Leslie Grade attend a reception at Cafe Royal to celebrate E.M.I selling its London management to Dennis van Thal, Billy Marsh and Michael Grade. 27 October 1969

Peter Bonetti
Peter Bonetti

Under the spotlight. Peter Bonetti in full flight at  fogbound Stamford Bridge. League Cup semi final Second Leg. Chelsea v Norwich City. Match abandoned after 85 minutes due to fog. 20 December 1972

Jon Pertwee
Jon Pertwee

Ready for take off. Actor Jon Pertwee, the new Dr Who in the TV series, has had a flying saucer style car made for his personal use, which is also being used in the new TV series. The car and its owner are seen here shooting a scene at Moorgate for the story entitled " The Invasion of the Dinosaurs". The car has a basic Imp engine and is capable of speeds in excess of 100 mph. The car is also equipped with a computer, TV, telephone and stero. 23 September 1973.

the-queen-and-bob-willis
the-queen-and-bob-willis

Bowled Over! Centenary Test match between Australia and England at The MCG Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia. Bob Willis shakes hands with The Queen before the game.  12 March 1977

david-and-angie-bowie
david-and-angie-bowie

Rock star David Bowie with wife Angie and three week old son Zowie. He is modelling an Oxford Bags dress, Turkish cotton shirt and a felt hat. 29 June 1971.

sean-connery-and-honor-blackman
sean-connery-and-honor-blackman

Stars of the latest James Bond film "Goldfinger" Sean Connery and Honor Blackman pictured on the set during filming. 11 June 1964

Marc Bolan
Marc Bolan

Faster than most. TRex frontman Marc Bolan. 10 February 1976

Keith Moon
Keith Moon

Substitute. Keith Moon puts away the drum kit to get on his Honda Goldwing, dressed in American police uniform complete with a motorcycle cop's crash helmet. 4 January 1976

the-queen-and-pope-john-paul-ii
the-queen-and-pope-john-paul-ii

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the Vatican to meet Pope John Paul II. Simply the best. One of the finest images ever taken of The Queen as she meets the Pontiff. 17 October 1980.

jim-callaghan
jim-callaghan

James Callaghan Labour MP bangs the drum of 14 year old Drummer Clive Fairclough. 1974

sammy-davis-jr
sammy-davis-jr

I get the picture. Sammy Davis junior has an admirer. 17 July 1974

elizabeth-taylor-and-eddie-fisher
elizabeth-taylor-and-eddie-fisher

A face in the crowd. Once again Ron looks for a different angle on a story as Elizabeth Taylor is mobbed by photographers after leaving the London Clinic with husband Eddie Fisher. March 1961

the-queen-and-mrs-thatcher
the-queen-and-mrs-thatcher

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher meets the Queen at party given by Her Majesty for the Heads of State at the Commonwealth Conference in Lusaka, capital of Zambia. The occasion provided the opportunity for Mrs Thatcher to be photographed with the Queen for the first time since she became Premier. 1st August 1979

Richard Burton
Richard Burton

Richard Burton actor on the set of the film "Wagner" in February 1982

Omar Sharif 2
Omar Sharif 2

Omar Sharif with Princess Margaret at the premier of MacKennas Gold. April 1969

Omar Sharif 1
Omar Sharif 1

Omar Sharif with Princess Margaret at the premier of MacKennas Gold. April 1969

r-m-s-queen-mary
r-m-s-queen-mary

R.M.S Queen Mary passes under New York Bridge - watched by workmen.  October 1964

frankie-howerd
frankie-howerd

Ooh I say. Frankie Howard as his public adored him.

Tom Jones
Tom Jones

Tom Jones on stage being approached by a young woman who wants a Kiss

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pc-trevor-lock

The Iranian Embassy Siege in London where six gunmen of the Iranian extremist group "Democratic Revolutionary Movement for the Liberation of Arabistan" stormed the building, taking 26 hostages before the SAS retook the embassy and freed the hostages. Hero police constable Trevor Lock who was held hostage in the Embassy during the siege, photographed with his wife Doreen as he returns to his home in Dagenham.   6 May 1980.

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bank-holiday-breakdown

Motor mechanic seen here trying to repair a broken down car as heavy August Bank Holiday traffic on the A20 passes him by. 3 August 1964

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clement-freud

Clement Freud at home with Broken leg seen here with his daughter Emma. March 1969

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paul-mccartney-and-jane-asher

Paul McCartney and girlfriend Jane Asher return to London Airport after a holiday in Portugal. Paul was called home early when the news was about to break on the Beatles' MBE awards.  11 June 1965

Eric and Ernie
Eric and Ernie

Morecambe & Wise were invested by the Queen at Buckingham Palace with the OBE.  24 November 1974

Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra rehearsing for a concert at Westminister Abbey. October 1973

Pope Paul VI
Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI seen here on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel during the Papal visit to the Holy Lands. 5 January 1964

Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall

Border soldiers patrol Berlin Wall. October 1961.

The Police
The Police

The Police on tour in America 1980. Sting with Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland

Ted Heath
Ted Heath

Edward Heath conducts Christmas carol singing at a Broadstairs, Kent, charity concert. 19 December 1965

Sowden and Margaret
Sowden and Margaret

Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon ride a tram in San Francisco during their visit to America. 7 November 1965.

Aberfan disaster
Aberfan disaster

Rescue workers bagging and moving some of the coal spoil following the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip in the Welsh village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, on 21 October 1966. The resulting landslide of 40,000 cubic metres of coal slurry engulfed the village and Pantglas Junior School killing 116 children and 28 adults. It was caused by a build-up of water in the rock and shale on the local colliery spoil tip, which suddenly started to slide downhill in the form of slurry.

Vivian Nicholson
Vivian Nicholson

Vivian Nicholson / Viv Nicholson (born April 3, 1936) became a public figure in Great Britain overnight in 1961 when her husband Keith won £152,000 (the equivalent of £3.5 million today) on Littlewoods football pools. Here television personality Bruce Forsyth presents them with their winning cheque. 27 September 1961

Cleaning Nelson
Cleaning Nelson

Catching the sun on the highest spot in London. The statue of Nelson at the top of the column is being cleaned once again, and steeplejacks perched on the top made the most of the sun.  Terry Dosell, stretches out stripped to the wait on top of Nelson's hat, while his brother Reg works below. 16 May 1980

Chaplin
Chaplin

Actor and director Charlie Chaplin legend of the silent movies celebrates his 77th birthday on the set at Pinewood where he is making a new film "Countess from Hong Kong".  15 April 1966

Annigoni
Annigoni

Annigoni by Annigoni. After his successful completion of his portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in London, Annigoni returned to Florence and posed for his special portrait for the Daily Mirror of Annigoni as seen by Annigoni. He is seen on the roof top of his Florence studio, with the Cathedral of Florence in the background.  20 March 1970