In addition to photographs, you can also find in the collection of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) caricatures, stamps, audiovisual materials and, of course, books; all of which illustrate and discuss Queen Elizabeth II.
As a public figure, Queen Elizabeth II is the subject for editorial cartoonists. Here are a few examples from the caricatures collection at LAC, some of which are digitized and available online:
- “Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II”, by Kerry Waghorn, 1983
- “Light silk chemise with small flower design on white background, back loosely draped, brimmed hat in white satin and heelless toeless white shoes…” by Len Norris, 1958
- “Come back to bed, Elizabeth, it’s only 4:00 am” by John Larter, 1984.
- “The Queen is in Hollywood” by Ben Wicks, 1983.
- “ Avez-vous remarqué mon nouveau chapeau ? ” (available in French only) by Roland Pier, 1982.
- “Sa Majes…Thé” (available in French only) by Berthio, 1973.
A vast number of stamps with Queen Elizabeth II as the main theme were issued. The first one dates from 1932 when she was only a child. The Canadian Postal Archives (Philatis) database, which is accessible from the LAC website, is where you can find Canadian stamps that relate to Elizabeth, Princess and Queen. Moreover, a search using the keywords “Queen Elizabeth II, philatelic” in our Archives Image Search database provides access to over 30 online records.
The LAC collection includes many films and sound recordings of Elizabeth II. Although these recordings are not available online, you can easily discover our collection by making a keyword search of the Film, Video and Sounds database, which is found on our website.
Here are a few examples:
- Elizabeth II et prince Philip au Canada et aux États-Unis, film, 1957, ISN 263235 (available in French only)
- Duplessis, Maurice et Elizabeth II – Discours, film, 1959, ISN 264451 (available in French only)
- Elizabeth II à Expo 67, film, 1967, ISN 281943 (available in French only)
- Ceremonies Marking the Hundredth Anniversary of Confederation,video, 1967, ISN 11604
- Proclaiming the Constitution, video, 1982, ISN 164651
Don’t forget our large published collection! To find a publication about Queen Elizabeth II, consult AMICUS.
In the meantime, here is a publication (in PDF format) available online:
A Crown of Maples: Constitutional Monarchy in Canada. Canadian Heritage, Gatineau, 2008 (archived) [PDF 55.9MB].
Stay tuned for our next and final blog on The Queen, which will focus on government records and private archives.
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