Queen handed ‘secret’ photo boost

Queen Elizabeth has been given a set of photographs of the royal family.

The 43 pictures were taken between 1943 and 1987 by Yousuf Karsh, and the estate of the late Canadian photographer has passed them to the monarch.

The collection – expected to go on display to the public at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle – includes the photographer’s first portrait of the queen, taken when she was 17.

At the time, Yousuf – who died in 2002 – wrote: “Within every man and woman a secret is hidden. It is my task to reveal it if I can.”

There is also a picture of the queen taken in 1951 – the year before her coronation – and from the same session a double portrait of her and her husband, Prince Philip.

Other royals depicted in the photographs include the queen’s father, George VI, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and the queen with grandchildren Princes William and Harry and Zara and Peter Phillips.

The photographic gift was given to mark the centenary of the photographer’s birth.

Meanwhile, the earliest known colour film of the queen was screened on television for the first time last night (16.07.08) in The Thirties In Colour.

The footage was shot in 1936 and shows the then Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret playing in their garden. It was made by Rosie Newman. Rosie’s family owned a house in London next door to one of the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.