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.