Born or married into positions of great privilege and power, the royals in our archive nevertheless managed to carve out their own path – cementing their iconic status and influencing everything from international relations to neckties in the process.

Our archive brings together a dazzling collection of royal photography, from poignant moments such as Princess Diana meeting Nelson Mandela to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor Princess stepping out in style at the RKO Palace and Queen Elizabeth II greeting the legendary Marilyn Monroe.

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