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Familiar faces feature in exhibition profiling the royal household

Familiar faces feature in exhibition profiling the royal household

Tara O'Connor

Familiar faces feature in exhibition profiling the royal household

A prestigious portrait exhibition featuring the Queen and members of the royal household includes familiar faces from the area.

‘The Queen's People’ is a collection of photographs, taken by Hugo Rittson Thomas, which use a unique mirroring device to show each subject from all four sides.

As well as pictures of Her Majesty, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall, the exhibition includes the Queen's Swan Marker, David Barber, and the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner KCVO.

Mr Barber and his team carried out the annual Swan Upping census which passed along the Thames through the Royal Borough last month.

"I feel very honoured and proud to be included in this very prestigious exhibition alongside Her Majesty the Queen," he said.

"I know Hugo Rittson Thomas has created a very unique profile of the subject and I'm sure it will be very successful exhibition."

Mr Rittson Thomas was inspired by formal 17th century portrait paintings where a black background would emphasise the craftsmanship and colour of ceremonial dress.

Speaking about the exhibition, he said: "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.

"I hope people will enjoy seeing these photographs as much as I enjoyed making them." 

The subjects, ranging from Black Rod to the Queen's Piper to a Chelsea Pensioner, are pictured in their traditional uniforms.

The exhibition will go on display at the gallery Eleven in Eccleston Street, London, on August 19 for a month.

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