Royal Pic­tures

This England - - Nelson's Column -

Sir: To com­mem­o­rate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birth­day, a set of stamps was is­sued in Aus­tralia de­pict­ing Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Ge­orge and Prince William. So we have the male heir ap­par­ent, the reign­ing Queen and two male heirs, four gen­er­a­tions of the Bri­tish Royal fam­ily to­gether.

In the his­toric school­room of the Red­land Mu­seum in Cleve­land, Queens­land, Aus­tralia, hangs a framed photo, taken in 1894, of four gen­er­a­tions of the same Bri­tish Royal fam­ily. What is es­pe­cially in­ter­est­ing is that the con­fig­u­ra­tion (the fe­male reign­ing Queen and her three male heirs) is ex­actly the same as the cur­rent por­trait. Queen Vic­to­ria is seated, hold­ing her great grand­son, the in­fant Prince David, who in 1936 reigned briefly as King Ed­ward VIII. On the left stands the baby’s fa­ther, Prince Ge­orge, who reigned as King Ge­orge V from 1910 to 1936. On the right stands his fa­ther, Prince Ed­ward, King Ed­ward VII from 1901 to 1910.

There is a big con­trast be­tween the style of the two photos. The 2016 group is, like the 1894 one, dressed for­mally, but the pose is by no means as rigid. The one of Queen Vic­to­ria and her heirs is suf­fi­ciently im­pos­ing to in­spire both rev­er­ence and fear in the chil­dren in the class­room! This may have been no bad thing. —


Fa­mil­iar, but dif­fer­ent! A reader con­trasts these pho­to­graphs of the royal gen­er­a­tions. See let­ter this page.

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