Queen Alexandra’s photography

3 March 2012

I love that Queen Alexandra was a keen photographer. She looks pleased as punch in this 1889 snapshot of her holding her precious No. 1 Kodak camera, doesn’t she?

Unusually, she actually exhibited her work in public in the Kodak exhibitions of 1902 and 1906 and in 1908, she worked with the Daily Telegraph to produce a book called Queen Alexandra’s Christmas Gift Book: Photographs from my camera, the proceeds from which were given to charities.

A photograph by Princess Alexandra, showing her son, Prince George and three grandchildren, Prince Albert, Prince Edward and Princess Mary during Cowes Week, 1899.

A 1900 photograph by Princess Alexandra of her husband’s racehorse, Persimmon.

This haunting print which was taken from the royal yacht off the Irish coast, which bears an inscription in Queen Alexandra’s hand, was probably taken around 1902 and may have been enlarged for display in one or more of the Kodak exhibitions.

This photograph was taken at the time of Princess Alexandra’s visit to Denmark, her native country, in August and September 1898, during which her mother, Queen Louise, celebrated her eighty-first birthday. It shows the Princess of Wales’s father and grandson, with her brother seated in the background.’ – Royal Collection.

Queen Victoria and her granddaughter, Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife. This photograph was taken on the 9th of October 1890 and used to decorate a tea plate in a tea service that Alexandra had decorated with some of her photographs.

Princess Alexandra’s tea set, decorated with some of her photographs taken between 1888-9.

A photograph of Sandringham in 1902, with Alexandra’s grandchildren walking across the lawn.

The changing of the guard at Windsor Castle. This print, which bears an inscription in Queen Alexandra’s hand, was probably taken around 1902 and may have been enlarged for display in one or more of the Kodak exhibitions.

A playful shot showing a Lieutenant Watson with Alexandra’s pet cat on his head, taken on board the royal yacht Victoria and Albert in 1905.

This photograph, taken at the Review of the Fleets on 2nd August 1905, was published in Queen Alexandra’s Christmas Gift Book in 1908. It shows her husband King Edward VII with three future Kings: George V, Edward VIII and George VI.

Photograph of the four year old Tsarevitch Alexei, 1908.

Between 5 and 14 June 1908, King Edward VII and his nephew-in-law, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, with members of their families, met on board their yachts, the Victoria and Albert and the Standart, off Reval in the Baltic. The meeting had political significance, as Britain and Russia had signed a friendly agreement in 1907, but it was also a family party. Queen Alexandra kept an album commemorating the occasion: she had brought her No.4 Kodak camera with her and took a number of photographs, some showing the children of the Tsar.‘ – Royal Collection.

All images belong to the Royal Collection.

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