Michael Collins 1890-1922) Irish Nationalist, Sinn Fein leader, founder and director
Michael Collins 1890-1922) Irish Nationalist, Sinn Fein leader, founder and director of intelligence of the Irish Republican Army 1919, minister for finance in the provisional government of the Irish Free State 1922, and for ten days Head of State before being killed. Born in County Cork, he became an active member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and in 1916 fought in the Easter Rising. In 1918 he was elected a Sinn Fein member to the Dail, and became a minister in the Republican Provisional government. In 1921 he and Arthur Griffith were mainly responsible for the treaty that established the Irish Free State. During the ensuing civil war, Collins took command and crushed the opposition in Dublin and the large towns within a few weeks. When Griffiths died Collins became head of the state and the army, but he was ambushed near Cork by fellow Irishmen on 22nd August and killed. Topfoto stills library picture library stock archive vintage Ireland Irish Rebellion 1916
St Pauls Cathedral dominates the view of the area north of Cannon Street (left) Rebuilding
St Pauls Cathedral dominates the view of the area north of Cannon Street (left) Rebuilding is now well underway on sites bombed during the blitz. In the immediate foreground will be "Watling House" (A block of offices) and behind on the left more offices (Gateway House). Running from right foreground to St Pauls is Watling Street. On the right of this can be seen steelwork for new offices of the Bank of England 18th July 1954
A Royal Command Portrait at Buck Queen Elizabeth II wearing an evening gown with
A Royal Command Portrait at Buck
Queen Elizabeth II wearing an evening gown with the blue ribbon of Star of the Garter a diamond necklace ( a wedding present from the City of London) Diamond drop earrings and two diamond bangles. The diamond drop brooch at the top of the blue ribbon is a family heirloom.
Wearing on her head is a diamond diadem the headband of which is composed of a row of diamonds between two rows of pearls April 1953