Public invited to contribute to royal exhibition

Got a photo of the Queen knocking around at home?  If so, you could do her a big favour, because the public have been asked to submit their candid photos of the royal family for a special exhibition, opening on March 4.

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The show at Kensington Palace is your chance to have your pictures displayed alongside those of world-famous photographers such as Rankin and Annie Leibovitz. It will feature iconic royal photographs juxtaposed with pictures showing the family off duty, and up to 20 submitted by the general public.

Called Life Through a Royal Lens, the exhibition will showcase almost 200 years worth of images, ranging from formal, Victorian era portraits to glamorous photos of the Queen Mother, taken by Cecil Beaton.

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by Cecil Beaton

Curators from Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for the state apartments at Kensington Palace, are asking the public to help to complete the display with their own photographs. From January 17, people around the world can share their snaps from royal engagements, including what it’s like to be part of a ‘royal walkabout’.

A selection of photos taken by members of the royal family themselves will also go on display for the first time. These include some by the celebrated photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones — later Lord Snowdon, husband of Princess Margaret — who, as one of Britain’s best-known photographers, took some of the 20th century’s most ‘modern’ images of the monarchy.

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Claudia Acott Williams, curator at Historic Royal Palaces, said: ‘We’re so excited to invite the public to be part of our upcoming Kensington Palace exhibition in this unique way. We can’t wait to see images shared from royal visits around the globe, and it’ll certainly be a tough challenge to whittle them down to the chosen few, which will be displayed among legendary photographers. We look forward to welcoming our visitors into the world of royal photography, to explore the history behind the iconic image of modern monarchy we know today.’

You can also buy tickets for the exhibition here.