Daniel Clayton shows the photographs taken by his father, Kenneth Clayton in 1952
First pictures of Elizabeth. The first set of official portrait photographs of the Queen after her accession to the throne have been revealed – 60 years after the photographer who took them was sworn to secrecy. Kenneth Clayton was a BBC photographer when he was commissioned by a royal portrait artist to take secret photos of the new Queen and her family in 1952. The images were then used as the basis for the first official portrait of Elizabeth II after she became Queen, painted by Welsh artist Margaret Lindsay William.
The secret photographs were commissioned by artist Margaret Lindsay William to help her with her official portrait of the Queen, to be released following her coronation
Prince Phillip strikes a serious pose in one of the 1952 photographs
Mr Clayton posed for a photograph with Princess Anne and Prince Charles – and even held the little Princess’s hand – a move which could have flouted royal protocol
Princess Anne and Prince Charles photographed by Kenneth Clayton at a photo shoot shortly after their mother had been named HRH Queen Elizabeth
young Princess Anne and Prince Charles
A letter from Buckingham Palace thanking Mr Clayton for the album of pictures of the children that he sent to the queen