Queen Elizabeth & Prince Charles, 1950

Black and white photo of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles as a child

Queen Elizabeth & Prince Charles © V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Beaton took a series of photographs of mother and child at Clarence House, when Prince Charles was almost two. They were later released to the press.

Beaton described Prince Charles as 'an obedient sitter. He...open(ed) his blue eyes to stare long and wonderingly into the camera lens, the beginning of a lifetime in the glare of public duty.'