Competition: Informally Royal - Royal Life Magazine: Issue 53
Competition: Informally Royal - Royal Life Magazine: Issue 53


A chance meeting in 1936 gave Lisa and Jimmy Sheridan the opportunity of a lifetime. Keen amateur photographers, their company Studio Lisa was engaged by the then Duke and Duchess of York to take casual photographs of their family, including the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, at their homes, Royal Lodge and at 145 Piccadilly, London.

At a time of tradition and formality, when it was unheard of for mere unknowns to be given such an opportunity, the hiring of Studio Lisa proved to be a revolutionary and popular move on the part of the Royals as it humanised them in the eyes of their subjects. They soon struck up an unlikely friendship with Lisa and Jimmy – one that would span over more than thirty years and yield thirteen separate photographic sessions, the last of which included Queen Elizabeth’s young children.

Informally Royal is the first book to tell the remarkable Studio Lisa story and showcase their unique Royal Family photographic collection. It charts the story of Studio Lisa, from its humble beginnings right through to the granting of two Royal Warrants.

For the first time Studio Lisa’s cache of remarkable royal photographs is brought together, producing a marvellous collector’s item and a treasure thankfully preserved for posterity.

Rodney Laredo is a travel writer, photographer and guest speaker whose career in print media marketing has taken him all over the world. His books have been published in his native New Zealand, America and the UK, where he continues a personal interest in the conservation and preservation of the English countryside and architecture.

Informally Royal: Studio Lisa And The Royal Family, 1936-1966 is published by The History Press at £15.99 and we have five copies to give away to lucky Royal Life readers.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a copy is to answer this very simple question:

Who famously photographed the Queen’s Coronation and also captured the first iconic images of all the Queen’s newborn children?

A: David Bailey
B: Cecil Beaton
C: Lord Lichfield

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