Listen to a selection of programmes and clips related to Behind the Royal Image.
An intimate portrait of Queen Victoria
This portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873) was commissioned by the young Queen Victoria as a surprise gift to her husband, Prince Albert (1819-1861), on the occasion of his 24th birthday.
From: England. Commissioned by Queen Victoria
Date: 1843Material: Oil on canvas Size: 648 x 534 mm
Photograph of Princess Elizabeth, taken by her father
This photograph of The Queen, when Princess Elizabeth, was taken at Balmoral by her father, King George VI, when Duke of York. Princess Elizabeth watches Charlotte the parrot, with Queen Mary, her brother Alexander Earl of Athlone, and Snip, the King's terrier.
From: Taken at Balmoral. From Queen Mary's photograph album.
Date: September 1928
Material: Gelatin silver print
Size: 72 x 99 mm
The first royal 'photograph' - a daguerreotype of Prince Albert
Daguerreotype of Prince Albert (1819-1861), by William Constable (1783-1861). This photograph was the first to be taken of a member of the British Royal Family.
From: Taken at Constable's studio in Brighton.
Size: 87 x 63 mm
Henry Fitzroy, an illegitimate son of Henry VIII
Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset (1519-1536) was the illegitimate son of Henry VIII and Elizabeth Blount, a lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon. He died from tuberculosis aged 17. Miniature in watercolour by Lucas Horenbout (c.1490/5-1544).
From: England. Acquired by Queen Victoria
Material: Watercolour on vellum laid on card
Size: Approx. 44 mm diameter
The elderly and ailing George III
This is an early version of what would become one of the defining images of the elderly and ailing George III (1738-1820), during his final illness at Windsor Castle. It is a mezzotint by Samuel William Reynolds (1773-1835). On the orders of the king's eldest son, the future George IV, the artist revised the image by tidying the monarch's unkempt appearance. The print was later used as the basis of an enamel portrait of George III depicted as an elderly man by Joseph Lee (1780-1859).
Size: 432 x 320 mm, 432 x 323 mm, 430 mm x 319 mm
George III depicted as an elderly man by Joseph Lee (1780-1859)
From: England. Enamel portrait possibly acquired by George IV
Material: Enamel on copper
Size: 222 x 172 mm
More from Radio 4: Miniature of a Mughal prince
The co-existence of faiths - peaceful or otherwise - across the globe around 400 years ago. This programme focuses on one of the great Islamic empires of the 16th and 17th centuries - in Mughal India. Neil MacGregor tells the story of the Mughal rulers and their relationship with Hindu India through a miniature painting (dated around 1610) that shows an encounter between a noble man and a holy man.
More from Radio 4: Desert Island Discs - Lord Charteris
(From Apr 1991) Lord Charteris of Amisfield - pillar of the British Establishment. Educated at Eton and Sandhurst, he became, at the age of 36, Private Secretary to the young Princess Elizabeth, whom he was to serve for nearly 30 years, retiring only after when, as Queen Elizabeth the Second, she celebrated her Silver Jubilee.
More from Radio 4: Picture Power - Royal Wedding
James Hill of the New York Times gives up the chance to go to Libya in order to shoot the famous balcony kiss at the royal wedding between Catherine Middleton and Prince William.
More from Radio 4: In Our Time - The Monarchy
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the British monarchy. How has the monarchy survived since the execution of Charles the First two hundred and fifty years ago and what relevance does it have in a devolved Britain?