with the official celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee set to begin this weekend, the Review was contacted by a local lady with some photographs of interest.
The set of four pictures was taken in August, 1951, at Balmoral Castle and shows King George the VI and Queen Elizabeth with their two daughters, the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, their son-in-law Prince Philip and grandchildren Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Although taken at an official photocall, the pictures show the family in relaxed mood and happy to be at their Deeside holiday home just a few months before The Queen’s accession to the throne.
The is one of a few ever taken of King George VI, his wife and their family on an informal occasion.
They belong to Amy Geddes, formerly of Aberdeen but now living in Fordmill Care Home, who said she acquired them while working in a photo developing laboratory in the city.
She said: “At the time there were members of the American Air Force and other air forces stationed at Dyce airport and I worked at Miller’s photo lab which was near there. At one point an American officer came in with a couple of spools to be developed and I processed and printed the pictures myself before putting them in the packet and handing them back, so I’m sure I’m the only person outside America who has them.
“I can only assume he had been invited to Balmoral at some point and this was the result.
“I know I shouldn’t have done it but when I saw what was on the pictures I took my own copies without telling anyone what they were. It was curiosity, I suppose.
“After I copied them I took them to my dad who said I should hide them and I’ve kept them from then on. I just thought they might be of interest, with the Jubilee coming up.”
Mrs Geddes, who is now in her 80s, said the photos had sparked an interest since then in collecting royal memorabilia.
She said: “I like when there’s an occasion and I’ve got photos and all sorts of paraphernalia of the Queen from when she got married, Princess Diana too and Prince William.
“Those photos started me off and I’ve been collecting ever since.”