Charm­ing new royal snaps emerge

Thou­sands of can­did pho­tos of the Bri­tish royal fam­ily by pho­tog­ra­pher John Scott are to go on auc­tion. Here’s a peek


AS THEY stood on the bal­cony of Buck­ing­ham Palace they were their usual re­gal selves. Wav­ing gra­ciously, smil­ing po­litely, pos­ing re­spect­fully to hon­our the queen’s of­fi­cial 92nd birth­day. We’re used to see­ing the roy­als like this at the Troop­ing the Colour cer­e­mony. But a re­cently re­leased trea­sure trove of pic­tures of sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of roy­als has re­vealed the gen­tler, wilder, goofier sides of the most fa­mous fam­ily in the world, giv­ing a rare glimpse into what goes on be­hind the palace’s gilded gates.

The mo­ments they de­pict are pre­cious – from a muddy Prince Charles fresh off the polo field to a starry-eyed Sarah Fer­gu­son set­ting eyes on Prince An­drew for the first time – so it’s no won­der the col­lec­tion of 4 000 images is ex­pected to fetch a hefty sum at auc­tion this month.

The col­lec­tion be­longed to the late John Scott, a pho­tog­ra­pher given ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­cess to the Wind­sors over the course of three decades.

He was born Vassa Voynovich, a Yu­gosla­vian aris­to­crat who fled Ser­bia dur­ing World War 2, ac­cord­ing to the Daily Mail, and worked in Lon­don as the pri­vate sec­re­tary of King Peter of Yu­goslavia be­fore be­com­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher.

He met the Bri­tish royal fam­ily through Jock Colville, Princess Eliz­a­beth’s pri­vate sec­re­tary.

See­ing his tal­ent, the fu­ture queen re­quested Scott pho­to­graph her in uni­form dur­ing one of her first Troop­ing the Colour cer­e­monies – and just like that, he was in.

Scott, who changed his name to help him get work in the UK, cap­tured spe­cial mo­ments the pub­lic is rarely af­forded the chance to see.

Queen Eliz­a­beth then and now. ABOVE: With her fam­ily on the bal­cony of Buck­ing­ham Palace dur­ing the re­cent Troop­ing the Colour. LEFT: As a young princess, pho­tographed in uni­form by Scott dur­ing one of her first Troop­ing the Colour cer­e­monies in 1951.

LEFT: Princess Margaret (left) and her sis­ter the queen in the ’70s. ABOVE: Margaret and her hus­band, Lord Snow­don, tak­ing their son, David, home af­ter his birth in Novem­ber 1961. RIGHT: Eliz­a­beth at Bal­moral in the ’50s. FAR RIGHT: The queen with her mom, also called Eliz­a­beth, who died in 2002.

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