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Set of 129 Royal Christmas Cards and three miscellaneous items

1951-2001
an unknown artist

offset print (tipped in), letter press (greeting), pen and ink (signature), embossed (royal emblem) on cardboard
Image not available

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926), reigning monarch, was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, who subsequently became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Educated at home, the Princess was a Girl Guide and a Sea Ranger before taking on public engagements at age sixteen. She married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten – the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and a great-great grandson of Queen Victoria – in 1947. In 1952, she and her husband set out for Australia and New Zealand; on the way, in Kenya, Elizabeth received news of her father's death. She returned to England and was 27 on her coronation on 2 June 1953. The delayed visit, the first of many tours of the Commonwealth, was accomplished the same year. Her Majesty is currently the Head of State of the United Kingdom and fifteen other Commonwealth countries. By convention, she is not involved the day-to-day business of the Australian Government, but plays a ceremonial and symbolic role. She made her sixteenth visit to Australia in October 2011, and in September 2015 became the longest reigning British monarch, surpassing the record set by her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria. When Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh died in 2021, they had been married for more than seven decades.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patricia Tryon Macdonald 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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Artist and subject

King George VI

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (age 51 in 1951)

Queen Elizabeth II (age 25 in 1951)

HRH Prince Philip (age 30 in 1951)

HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (age 3 in 1951)

Princess Diana

Princess Alexandra (age 15 in 1951)

Princess Marina (age 45 in 1951)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

Donated by

Lady Patricia Tryon MacDonald (1 portrait)

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Lady Jane Grey, c.1590-1600 (also known as The ‘Streatham’ portrait) Artist unknown
Lady Jane Grey, c.1590-1600 (also known as The ‘Streatham’ portrait) Artist unknown
Lady Jane Grey, c.1590-1600 (also known as The ‘Streatham’ portrait) Artist unknown
Lady Jane Grey, c.1590-1600 (also known as The ‘Streatham’ portrait) Artist unknown

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The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012
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The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012
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Imagination

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