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
Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon seen here during the ceremony to mark the independence of the Island of Jamaica. 6 August 1962
The Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh pictured with Pope John Paul II during a State Visit to the Vatican City. 17 October 1980
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
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
One of many floral tributes to Her Late Majesty Queen Mary being carried from Mssrs Moysey Stevens' premises. 30 March 1953
Chief Oniru of Lagos, with three minders, arriving at the BBC in ceremonial robes, London. 12 March 1952
Princess Margaret attending the premiere of the film 'Captain Horatio Hornblower' at the Warner Theatre Leicester Square. 12 April 1951
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
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 street party in Glenfinlas Way, Camberwell. Children sitting at long table in street being served food and drink by parents. June 1977
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
Prince Charles bowling during a charity cricket match at Brands Hatch Cricket Club in Kent. 21 July 1968.
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.
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