STRIKING images of the Royal family, captured by one of Britain's most renowned photographers, are to go on display in North Yorkshire this autumn.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens will host an exhibition of works by Patrick Lichfield, entitled Lichfied: A Royal Album.

The exhibition will run from September 2 to November 2, as part of the Royals Then and Now series. The selection includes formal portraits and informal moments.

David Morgan, general manager at Beningbrough, said: "As a member of the family, Lichfield connected with the royals in a way that other photographers perhaps couldn’t. His photographs give a fascinating glimpse into the world of Royalty, and alongside our current display of Royals: Then and Now, they capture a much more relaxed style of how the Royal family have been portrayed over the centuries.”

Penny Breia, Trustee of the Lichfield archive said: “Lichfield Studios is delighted to have been invited to feature a collection of Lichfield images of The Royal Family, ranging from iconic shots to rarely-seen pictures, at the extremely prestigious and popular exhibition 'Royals: then and now' at Beningbrough Hall.”

Patrick Lichfield, The 5th Earl of Lichfield, was first cousin once-removed to the Queen.

In one picture to be shown at Beningbrough, The Queen is caught in an off-duty moment, laughing and relaxed aboard the Royal Yacht, Britannia. In another, a young Prince Charles at Balmoral opens his arms to Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones in a tender gesture of affection. And at the Kent wedding in June 1968, The Queen Mother is engrossed in conversation with Sir John Betjeman.