King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II), and her sister Princess Margaret. The Royal Family remained in London throughout the war, and when Buckingham Palace received a direct hit the Queen said 'now we can look the East End in the face'. Determination to share in the fate of the nation increased the popularity of the monarchy. The informality of the presentation, for which the Queen was responsible, was entirely new: set at Royal Lodge, where the family's life was informal, and at tea-time, a familiar and very British occasion.
Gunn, who had been chosen by the King and Queen for the commission, recalled the difficulty of placing the corgi, moving it about on the canvas in a paper cut-out. Commissioned to hang in a public collection, its domestic character demonstrates changes in perceptions of the monarchy.
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