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Daily Mail
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

WHETHER laughing as she drives her children, beaming as she boards a plane beside her husband, or captured half-smiling in glamorous official pose, this set of rare and touchingly intimate pictures show Queen Elizabeth II as we have rarely seen her before.

The images, some of which were snapped by bystanders, others taken by famous names, will be unveiled in a comprehensive book published this week commemorating the long reign of Queen Elizabeth.

One of the royal couple waving goodbye from the steps of a jet returning from a tour of the West Indies in 1966, taken by Glaswegian royal photographer Harry Benson, was found undeveloped in a roll of archived film.

The £99 ($283) book, from high-end publisher Taschen, is aimed at an international as well as the British market.

It features the work of Sir Cecil Beaton, Yousuf Karsh and Lords Snowdon and Lichfield, as well as that of more contemporary photographers Wolfgang Tillmans, Rankin and Annie Leibovitz.

Golden has included images of the Queen meeting leading figures of the 20th century, including the Beatles and John F Kennedy.

In one image from 1956, Marilyn Monroe can be seen in a shimmery low cut dress with full-length gloves as she waits her turn in a line of stars at the premiere of The Battle of the River Plate in Leicester Square to meet Queen Elizabeth.

One particularly touching image shows the Queen driving through Windsor in her Daimler in 1957, with a young Prince Charles in the front seat and Princess Anne in the back.

Mr Golden, a former editor of the British Journal of Photography, who now lives in New York, told the Observer: "While there have been a fewa books on the subject this year, there's never been anything quite like this book."

He added: "The formal portraiture has to be an important part of the book.

"But we also wanted to convey the relentless travelling, the rituals of meeting and greeting, whether it be in Ghana, France or the US — especially, in the 1950s to 1960s, when she was perceived as a glamorous figure, who would draw huge crowds wherever she went."

Publishers Taschen said: "Born in 1926, married in 1947, crowned as Queen in 1953, for over six decades she has steadfastly and loyally carried out her duty on behalf of her country, never speaking out of turn or putting a foot wrong.

"The book tells her remarkable royal story through hundreds of stunning photographs, many previously unseen and sourced from multiple archives in the United Kingdom (including the Royal Collection), Continental Europe, and the US.

"These images have it all: history, politics, glamour, fashion, culture, travel, and, of course, hats."

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