‘The Queen and her Abbey’ Getty Images Exhibition 14th May – 14th September 2012

The Queen & Her Abbey, a new exhibition at Westminster Abbey, presented in partnership with Getty Images, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee opens in the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey on Monday 14th May until Friday 14th September 2012.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been attending Westminster Abbey since she was a small child.  This exhibition will feature historic pictures from the Getty Images Hulton Archive of The Queen at the Abbey from young princess to reigning monarch. It covers the many occasions which have brought The Queen to the Abbey, from every decade since the early years of her childhood.  They include a photograph of Princess Elizabeth, aged 11 years old, standing with great poise at the coronation of her father, King George VI, knowing that one day she too would be crowned in the church.

It features beautiful shots of Her Majesty’s wedding to Prince Philip on 20th November 1947, a ceremony echoed last year on 29th April with the marriage of her grandson, Prince William, to Catherine Middleton, which is also in the exhibition. There are sombre images as well, times of great personal sadness, when the nation grieved alongside its Queen at funerals of members of the Royal Family.  There are also less familiar, but equally fascinating, pictures of The Queen as a fashionable young woman visiting the Abbey.

The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster said: “As a Royal Peculiar, Westminster Abbey is under the direct jurisdiction of The Queen and over the course of nine decades, Her Majesty has taken part in hundreds of services and special events here. In this Diamond Jubilee year, this engaging exhibition provides a vivid picture of the unique relationship between The Queen and her Abbey.”

Adrian Murrell, Senior Vice President, Global Editorial, Getty Images says: “Our ability to work directly with Westminster Abbey to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee makes us immensely proud. The Hulton Archive is providing an outstanding treasure trove of images of Her Majesty, some whilst undertaking public engagements, as well as more private and personal moments. Our team of researchers hand-picked the selection, so that visitors will have a unique experience when visiting the Abbey during this milestone year.”

The exhibition will be open daily from 10.30am – 4.00pm in the Chapter House at in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey. Entrance to the exhibition is free though the usual admission charges apply for entering Westminster Abbey.

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