This book is just one of many being released to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This book by the National Portrait Gallery includes an introduction by Alexandra Shulman, a journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue. It highlights the most interesting portraits of The Queen that are held in their collection. The collection of the National Portrait Gallery holds just under 1,000 portraits of The Queen.
With such an impressive collection, it is no wonder that the featured photos are all wonderful. However, not all images come with an introduction, which leaves a strange blank page with just the basic information about the photo. However, I was pleased to see several photos that I hadn’t seen before. I think my favourite has to be the 1929 image of Princess Elizabeth by Marcus Adams. After the three chapters, “Princess”, “Queen”, and “Icon”, the book concludes with a timeline of her life. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth II: Princess, Queen, Icon. It’s a beautiful hardcover book with a timeless image of The Queen on the front. Honestly, I would have expected nothing less from the National Portrait Gallery.