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Hmso Collection

Background imageHmso Collection: Insignia of the Order of the British Empire, 1953

Insignia of the Order of the British Empire, 1953. The piece is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA

Background imageHmso Collection: Shipbuilding scene, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Shipbuilding scene, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Shipbuilding scene, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageHmso Collection: Ampulla and Spoon, 1962. Creator: Unknown

Ampulla and Spoon, 1962. Creator: Unknown
Ampulla and Spoon, 1962. Used during coronations, ...intimately connected with the most solemn part of the whole ceremony, when the holy oil

Background imageHmso Collection: Queen Elizabeth II with crown, orb and sceptre, 2 June 1953, (1962). Creator: Unknown

Queen Elizabeth II with crown, orb and sceptre, 2 June 1953, (1962). Creator: Unknown
Queen Elizabeth II with crown, orb and sceptre, 2 June 1953, (1962). Coronation portrait: the Queen wears the Imperial State Crown, made in 1937 for the coronation of her father George VI

Background imageHmso Collection: Tower of London, 1961. Creator: Unknown

Tower of London, 1961. Creator: Unknown
Tower of London, 1961. Ground plan of the Tower of London, with key indicating building periods: Roman; William I & II, c.1086-97; Richard I, 1189-99; Henry III, 1216-72; Edward I

Background imageHmso Collection: The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2nd June, 1953, 1962. Creator: Unknown

The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2nd June, 1953, 1962. Creator: Unknown
The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2nd June, 1953, 1962. The Queen, seated in King Edward's Chair, is crowned by Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, in Westminster Abbey

Background imageHmso Collection: Crown worn by George V at the Delhi Durbar in 1911, 1962. Creator: Unknown

Crown worn by George V at the Delhi Durbar in 1911, 1962. Creator: Unknown
Crown worn by George V at the Delhi Durbar in 1911, 1962. The Imperial Crown of India is set with 6, 170 diamonds, 9 emeralds, 4 rubies, and 4 sapphires

Background imageHmso Collection: Orb and Sceptre, 1962. Creator: Unknown

Orb and Sceptre, 1962. Creator: Unknown
Orb and Sceptre, 1962. The Sovereign's Orb and Sovereign's Sceptre, royal regalia used in British coronations, part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London

Background imageHmso Collection: Prince of Wales's Crown, 1962. Creator: Unknown

Prince of Wales's Crown, 1962. Creator: Unknown
Prince of Wales's Crown, 1962. Coronet made in 1728 for Frederick, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of George II. The piece is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London

Background imageHmso Collection: The Jewels as they were displayed in the Wakefield Tower about 1875, 1962. Creator: Frank Watkins

The Jewels as they were displayed in the Wakefield Tower about 1875, 1962. Creator: Frank Watkins
The Jewels as they were displayed in the Wakefield Tower about 1875, 1962. Visitors at the Tower of London. The Crown Jewels were displayed in the Wakefield Tower

Background imageHmso Collection: Imperial State Crown, 1962. Creator: Unknown

Imperial State Crown, 1962. Creator: Unknown
Imperial State Crown, 1962. Worn on State occasions. In front is the balas ruby, ...given to the Black Prince in the fourteenth century'

Background imageHmso Collection: St. Edward's Crown, 1962. Creator: Unknown

St. Edward's Crown, 1962. Creator: Unknown
St. Edward's Crown, 1962. The official coronation crown of British monarchs and part of the Crown Jewels. It was made for Charles II after Oliver Cromwell had the crown destroyed during the Civil

Background imageHmso Collection: Robes of the Royal Victorian Order, 1953

Robes of the Royal Victorian Order, 1953. The piece is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA. [Her Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1953]

Background imageHmso Collection: Tobruk was the target at this time; it was the front door for Rommels supplies

Tobruk was the target at this time; it was the front door for Rommels supplies. While the shutter was open for this photograph, taken 10, 000 feet above an El Gubi landing ground

Background imageHmso Collection: The mail run to Benghazi was now possible, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown

The mail run to Benghazi was now possible, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown
The mail run to Benghazi was now possible only to the heavy four-engined bombers based near Cairo. Halifaxes bombed by night, U.S. Liberators by day, c1942-1943, (1945). From " R.A.F

Background imageHmso Collection: Naval Albacores were part of the striking force, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown

Naval Albacores were part of the striking force, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown
Naval Albacores were part of the striking force operating from Maltas cratered airfield. In the convoy action shortly to be described, they scored torpedo hits on a cruiser and two destroyers

Background imageHmso Collection: An aircraft which could carry torpedoes over many hundreds of miles, c1942-1943, (1945)

An aircraft which could carry torpedoes over many hundreds of miles, c1942-1943, (1945)
An aircraft which could carry torpedoes over many hundreds of miles would greatly increase out power of hitting Rommels supplies at sea, c1942-1943, (1945). From " R.A.F

Background imageHmso Collection: The tank buster was the second new weapon, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown

The tank buster was the second new weapon, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown
The tank buster was the second new weapon - a surprise sprung upon the Afrika Korps as it raced north from Bir Hakeim, c1942-1943, (1945). From " R.A.F

Background imageHmso Collection: Huge bombproof stores and repair shops were made from the caves, c1942-1943, (1945)

Huge bombproof stores and repair shops were made from the caves, c1942-1943, (1945)
Huge bombproof stores and repair shops were made from the caves in the Mokattam hills, south of Cairo. The Pyramids, seen faintly in the distance across the Nile

Background imageHmso Collection: The Luftwaffe scrambles as Bostons of the S. A. A. F. c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown

The Luftwaffe scrambles as Bostons of the S. A. A. F. c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown
The Luftwaffe scrambles as Bostons of the S.A.A.F. surprise a Martuba airfield. The light bombers maintained a constant offensive against these forward landing grounds, c1942-1943, (1945)

Background imageHmso Collection: R. A. F. Ground Crews: Tripolitania, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown

R. A. F. Ground Crews: Tripolitania, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown
R.A.F. Ground Crews: Tripolitania, c1942-1943, (1945). From " R.A.F. Middle East - The Official Story of Air Operations, Feb. 1942 - Jan. 1943"

Background imageHmso Collection: Sidi Barrani: R. A. F. Ground Crews, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown

Sidi Barrani: R. A. F. Ground Crews, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown
Sidi Barrani: R.A.F. Ground Crews, c1942-1943, (1945). From " R.A.F. Middle East - The Official Story of Air Operations, Feb. 1942 - Jan. 1943"

Background imageHmso Collection: As the Germans thrust at Alamein, these four men walked into the British lines

As the Germans thrust at Alamein, these four men walked into the British lines, c1942-1943, (1945). From " R.A.F. Middle East - The Official Story of Air Operations, Feb. 1942 - Jan. 1943"

Background imageHmso Collection: R. A. F. rendezvous, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown

R. A. F. rendezvous, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown
R.A.F. rendezvous. Crews of the Liberators and Beauforts detailed to attack the Italian fleet simultaneously, c1942-1943, (1945). From " R.A.F

Background imageHmso Collection: Dispersed in the back streets of Cairo is a whole little industry... c1942-1943, (1945)

Dispersed in the back streets of Cairo is a whole little industry... c1942-1943, (1945)
Dispersed in the back streets of Cairo is a whole little industry, the maintenance units which renew and reassemble the aircraft brought back from the desert

Background imageHmso Collection: The hot sun streams down on a desert landing ground, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown

The hot sun streams down on a desert landing ground, c1942-1943, (1945). Creator: Unknown
The hot sun streams down on a desert landing ground. A Boston, trim and perky, has returned from a raid; four quick, cheerful South Africans come in to report

Background imageHmso Collection: Canteen piece, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Canteen piece, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Canteen piece, 1941. A soldier orders a cup of tea in the forces canteen at Victoria Station. The soldier pictured was the butler of a close friend of the photographer Cecil Beaton

Background imageHmso Collection: Great Sword of State with scabbard, 1953

Great Sword of State with scabbard, 1953. The piece was commissioned in 1626 for the coronation of Charles I and is now part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London

Background imageHmso Collection: Carry On, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Carry On, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Carry On, 1941. Men sit in a local pub and follow the governments advice to Keep Calm and Carry On. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageHmso Collection: Land Girl, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Land Girl, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Land Girl, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]. (Colorised black and white print)

Background imageHmso Collection: Covering the road block, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Covering the road block, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Covering the road block, 1941. Men of the Home Guard in a dug-out, protected by sandbags, aim their rifles ready for action. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton

Background imageHmso Collection: Firewood, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Firewood, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Firewood, 1941. Wartime children collect firewood amongst the rubble. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]. (Colorised black and white print)

Background imageHmso Collection: Fares please, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Fares please, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Fares please, 1941. A bus conductress on the London buses makes her way to the upper deck. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageHmso Collection: Nautical character, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Nautical character, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Nautical character, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]. (Colorised black and white print)

Background imageHmso Collection: The flourish set on youth, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

The flourish set on youth, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
The flourish set on youth, 1941. Acting Flight Lieutenant Thomas Ginger Neil, No 249 Squadron, RAF North Weald, 1940. A young airman with the RAF roundel. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton

Background imageHmso Collection: Coronation rings, 1953. Artist: Rundell, Bridge and Rundell

Coronation rings, 1953. Artist: Rundell, Bridge and Rundell
Coronation rings, 1953. Queen Adelaides Coronation Rings (1831) are part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA

Background imageHmso Collection: Chalices and patens, 1953

Chalices and patens, 1953. The pieces (17th century) are part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA

Background imageHmso Collection: The crown made for the Prince of Wales in 1729, 1953

The crown made for the Prince of Wales in 1729, 1953. Coronet of Frederick was made in 1728 for Frederick, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of George II

Background imageHmso Collection: Chalice, 1664, 1953

Chalice, 1664, 1953. The piece (1664) is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA. [Her Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1953]

Background imageHmso Collection: Pitcher, 1692, 1953

Pitcher, 1692, 1953. The piece (1692) is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA. [Her Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1953]

Background imageHmso Collection: Candlesticks, c. 1662, 1953

Candlesticks, c. 1662, 1953
Candlesticks, c.1662, 1953. The piece (c1662) is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA. [Her Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1953]

Background imageHmso Collection: The Lily Font, 1953. Artist: Edward Barnard and Sons

The Lily Font, 1953. Artist: Edward Barnard and Sons
The Lily Font, 1953. The piece (1840) is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA. [Her Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1953]

Background imageHmso Collection: Altar Dish, 1664, 1953. Artist: Henry Greenway

Altar Dish, 1664, 1953. Artist: Henry Greenway
Altar Dish, 1664, 1953. The piece (1664) is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA. [Her Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1953]

Background imageHmso Collection: Exeter Salt, 1953. Artist: Johann Hass

Exeter Salt, 1953. Artist: Johann Hass
Exeter Salt, 1953. The piece (1630) is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA. [Her Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1953]

Background imageHmso Collection: Hilt and scabbard of the Jewelled State Sword, 1953

Hilt and scabbard of the Jewelled State Sword, 1953. The piece was commissioned in 1820 for the coronation of George IV and is now part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London

Background imageHmso Collection: Table Fountain, 1953. Artist: Peter Oehr I

Table Fountain, 1953. Artist: Peter Oehr I
Table Fountain, 1953. The piece (c1661) is part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA. [Her Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1953]

Background imageHmso Collection: Ampulla and Spoon, 1953

Ampulla and Spoon, 1953. The pieces (second half 12th century) are part of the Royal Collection at the Tower of London. From The Crown Jewels, by Martin Holmes FSA

Background imageHmso Collection: St. Edwards Crown with which the Sovereign is crowned, 1953

St. Edwards Crown with which the Sovereign is crowned, 1953. St Edwards Crown, the official coronation crown of British monarchs and part of the Crown Jewels



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