Monday, June 4, 2012

The Queen and the Diving Girl

A young Queen, her consort, the Duke of Edinburgh and children, Prince Charles and Princess Ann, are seen here in an informal setting as the Empire’s epitome of family life. This 1953 photo appeared on the cover of The Diving Girl, the company newsletter of Jantzen (Australia) Ltd., in New South Wales.

In 1958, inspired by Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the United States, Jantzen produced a line of swimsuits called “London Town”. Flocked pin stripe knits and chalk stripe Helanca saluted the art of fine English tailoring and transformed the town suits of Savile Row into tailored swimwear silhouettes with smoky, pearl buttons and names like “the Diplomat” and “Fleet Street”.

Britain's national anthem says it perfectly, "God Save the Queen".

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