The royals posed for photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas

By Nina Biddle
August 01, 2015 03:25 PM
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The royals may be officially on vacation, but that doesn’t mean we’ll miss out on new photos of them!

A new exhibit of portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also offers an unprecedented peek at many members of the Queen s Royal Household in their traditional uniforms.

From archers, pikemen (soldiers armed with pikes!) and musketeers to royal bargemasters, members of the Queen’s Royal Household are seen dressed as theatrically as you would expect from British pageant – with wigs and flamboyant tunics, tights, ruffles and skirts.

But what makes this exhibit, The Queen’s People, by British photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas particularly unusual is the style of the photos. Inspired by formal 17th-century portrait painting, in which a black background emphasized the craftsmanship and scarlet and gold of the ceremonial dress, the photographs use a modern mirroring device to show each individual from all four sides (front, back and both profiles).

In her portrait, the Queen, 89, wears a day dress designed by Angela Kelly, the Queen s top designer and personal dresser for the last 20 years, with the Waterloo badge of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

William, 33, was photographed in his frockcoat for the Irish Guards. The Duchess of Cornwall, 68, is seen wearing formal attire designed by Bruce Oldfield and a brooch given to her on her 60th birthday by the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II
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“It was a privilege to photograph Her Majesty and other Members of the Royal Family and to blend the history and traditions of Royal life with a modern photographic style,” Rittson Thomas says of the exhibit of 50 formally posed portraits, which he started working on in 2012. “I hope people will enjoy seeing these photographs as much as I enjoyed making them.”

Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge
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The exhibit will run in London at gallery Eleven from August 19 to September 19.

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