Most of the world sees the Royal Family on official duty, and imagining them as ordinary people is quite difficult. In fact, very few people understand the royal family in their humanity, however, one photographer was assigned to the Royal Family during the 1950’s and 1980’s, captured the world’s most remarkable family in a way that no one had ever envisioned before.
Royal photographer, John Scott, had the honor of capturing the world’s most mesmerizing family during a 30 year period. During his career, he was given unprecedented access to the Royals. His time with the Royals allowed him to capture more than 4,000 images of the family- all in ways that no one has ever seen before.
The photos show the family in their constant balance of grace and humility; in one photo, Princess Margaret is leaving the hospital with her husband, Lord Snowdon, after giving birth holding her newborn baby.
In other photos, Queen Elizabeth was captured enjoying some fresh air outside a palace in Scotland while Prince Philip is photographed dumping cool water over his head after a competitive polo match.
John Scott was a Yugoslavian aristocrat fled to London after WWII to work for King Peter of Yugoslavia. Queen Elizabeth saw some of his works during one of her first Trooping of the Color ceremonies when she requested he work for her family.
For the next 30 years, he spent his time capturing the family in revolutionary ways. John Scott passed away in 1986 and he left the photos to his wife, Judy, who has only recently decided to auction them off to the public.
Auctioneer David Lay saw the photos and was left in pure awe. He shared, "During my many years as an auctioneer we have handled quite a few photographic collections but this is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable archives I have ever seen...The breadth and quality of the images are superb so really it is unparalleled in my experience...Looking through all the images in this archive, covering almost 40 years, it is possible to see the Royal family grow up before one’s eyes.”
These photos will be going for auction on June 14th, the same day as Queen’s first official appearance with the newly minted Duchess of Sussex. Wouldn’t you just love to see the rest of these remarkable photos?!