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Lyon Collection

Lyon, a city rich in history and culture, holds many hidden treasures waiting to be discovered

Background imageLyon Collection: Duchess of York (Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother) De Laszlo

Duchess of York (Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother) De Laszlo
Portrait by Philip de Laszlo of the Duchess of York (1900-2002), formerly Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

Background imageLyon Collection: The Weight of Oneself statue on the Saone Banks near the Palais de Justice footbridge

The Weight of Oneself statue on the Saone Banks near the Palais de Justice footbridge, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Les Laines Bisanne wool company poster

Les Laines Bisanne wool company poster
Advertising poster for Les Laines Bisanne, a French wool company from Lyon-Megeve, showing a young man in ski clothing including a geometrically patterned jumper

Background imageLyon Collection: Mosaic of Joan of Arc uncovered in 1917, Fourviere Basilica, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Mosaic of Joan of Arc uncovered in 1917, Fourviere Basilica, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Mosaic of pilgrim on road to Santiago da Compostela, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Mosaic of pilgrim on road to Santiago da Compostela, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta, India

Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta, India
Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Date: circa 1905

Background imageLyon Collection: Lyons Corner House

Lyons Corner House
circa 1930: Lyons Corner House on junction of Coventry Street and Rupert Street in Piccadilly, London W1. (Photo by Sasha/Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageLyon Collection: Duke of York - Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - Engagement Photo

Duke of York - Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - Engagement Photo
January 1923 -The official Engagement photograph of the Duke of York (later King George VI 1895-1952) and his fiancee Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother - 1900-2002)

Background imageLyon Collection: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon marries Albert, Duke of York

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon marries Albert, Duke of York
Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Albert, Duke of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (then the Queen Mother) pictured together on their wedding day on 26th April 1923. Date: 1923

Background imageLyon Collection: George VI Weds Elizabeth

George VI Weds Elizabeth
The wedding day of George VI (when Duke of York) and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, with the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, and George V and Queen Mary. Date: 26 April 1923

Background imageLyon Collection: Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (1900-2002), later Duchess of York, Queen Elizabeth and then Queen Mother (to Queen Elizabeth II). Wife of King George VI. Pictured at the age of seven

Background imageLyon Collection: Fourviere Basilica from Saone river - Lyon

Fourviere Basilica from Saone river - Lyon
St Jean district with its Fourviere basilica - Lyon France

Background imageLyon Collection: Lyon, France

Lyon, France

Background imageLyon Collection: Road sign, Pont de la Passerelle, River Rhone, Vienne, Rhone Valley, France

Road sign, Pont de la Passerelle, River Rhone, Vienne, Rhone Valley, France

Background imageLyon Collection: Basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere, Lyon, Rhone Alpes, France, Europe

Basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere, Lyon, Rhone Alpes, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Crucifix, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Crucifix, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Holy Ghost sculpture in Fourviere Basilica, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Holy Ghost sculpture in Fourviere Basilica, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Nativity crib, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Nativity crib, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1948

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1948
King George VI (1895 - 1952) and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900 - 2002), pictured on the terrace in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in one of a series of pictures to mark their silver

Background imageLyon Collection: Rangers 2-1 Hearts: Cash for Kids Mascot Celebrates Victory at Ibrox

Rangers 2-1 Hearts: Cash for Kids Mascot Celebrates Victory at Ibrox
Cash for Kids Mascot, Rangers

Background imageLyon Collection: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - later Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - later Elizabeth, The Queen Mother (1900-2002). Date: circa 1920

Background imageLyon Collection: Duke and Duchess of York on honeymoon

Duke and Duchess of York on honeymoon
The Duke and Duchess of York (the future King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) pictured together during their honeymoon in 1923. Date: 1923

Background imageLyon Collection: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons wedding shoes

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons wedding shoes
Close up photograph showing the elegant, embroidered T-bar shoes worn by Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon for her wedding to Prince Albert, Duke of York on 26 April 1923. Date: 1923

Background imageLyon Collection: Royal Wedding 1923 - Strathmore family tree

Royal Wedding 1923 - Strathmore family tree
Page from The Sphere showing the joint descent of Prince Albert, Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon who married at Westminster Abbey on 26 April 1923

Background imageLyon Collection: 1937 Coronation: the Royal Family in their robes

1937 Coronation: the Royal Family in their robes
King George VI with his wife and daughters Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in their coronation robes. Date: 1937

Background imageLyon Collection: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons marries Albert, Duke of York

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons marries Albert, Duke of York
Wedding group photograph on the occasion of the marriage of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons (later Duchess of York, Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother) to Albert, Duke of York on 26th April

Background imageLyon Collection: Sepia vintage map of Lyon France

Sepia vintage map of Lyon France
Rosana Laiz Blursbyai

Background imageLyon Collection: Marriage of Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon 1923

Marriage of Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon 1923
Marriage of Duke of York (later George VI) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey, London. Archbishop of Canterbury performing the ceremony the King and Queen standing behind

Background imageLyon Collection: Stained glass of St. John, Saint-Pothin church, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Stained glass of St. John, Saint-Pothin church, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyonweds Albert, Duke of York

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyonweds Albert, Duke of York
Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Albert, Duke of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, pictured together at Buckingham Palace on their wedding day on 26th April 1923. Date: 1923

Background imageLyon Collection: Bystander Royal Wedding Number front cover - George VI

Bystander Royal Wedding Number front cover - George VI
Front cover of The Bystander magazines Royal Wedding Number, celebrating the marriage of Prince Albert of York (the future King George VI) to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on 26 April 1923

Background imageLyon Collection: Lyon - France

Lyon - France - Bridges over the River Saone Date: circa 1910s

Background imageLyon Collection: Saint Nizier Church, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Saint Nizier Church, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Traboule Hotel Paterin, Saint Jean district, Old Lyon, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Traboule Hotel Paterin, Saint Jean district, Old Lyon, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: A street musician plays the accordion, Lyon, Rhone, Rhone-Alpes, France, Europe

A street musician plays the accordion, Lyon, Rhone, Rhone-Alpes, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: CONGRESSIONAL PUGILISTS. American cartoon, 1798, engraving on the fight in Congress between Roger

CONGRESSIONAL PUGILISTS. American cartoon, 1798, engraving on the fight in Congress between Roger Griswold (wielding cane) and Matthew Lyon, the most notable victim of the Sedition Act of 1798

Background imageLyon Collection: Queen Mother visiting London evacuees at Horsted Keynes, 1939

Queen Mother visiting London evacuees at Horsted Keynes, 1939
The Queen Mother(1900-2002) with evacuated children from Battersea. A little four year old girl called Shirely here is playing " mothers"

Background imageLyon Collection: Mediumship / Table Turning

Mediumship / Table Turning
A table turning seance gets out of hand in Lyon, France

Background imageLyon Collection: The vault of the choir decorated with mosaics representing the Beatitudes, Crypt

The vault of the choir decorated with mosaics representing the Beatitudes, Crypt, Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere, Lyon, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Woman with a Parrot, Between 1826 and 1828. Creator: Delacroix, Eugene (1798-1863)

Woman with a Parrot, Between 1826 and 1828. Creator: Delacroix, Eugene (1798-1863)
Woman with a Parrot, Between 1826 and 1828. Found in the Collection of Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

Background imageLyon Collection: Pendant inscribed with peace in Arabic and French, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Pendant inscribed with peace in Arabic and French, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Stained glass in Ainay Basilica depicting Jesus giving keys to St

Stained glass in Ainay Basilica depicting Jesus giving keys to St. Peter, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Stained glass window of the miracle of fishing, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Stained glass window of the miracle of fishing, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: The Virgin and Child, Orthodox church, Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, France, Europe

The Virgin and Child, Orthodox church, Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Protestant temple library, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Protestant temple library, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Virgin and Child sculpture in Fourviere Basilica, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Virgin and Child sculpture in Fourviere Basilica, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Stained glass of the Nativity in Ainay Basilica, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Stained glass of the Nativity in Ainay Basilica, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Background imageLyon Collection: Stained glass of St. Bonaventure, in St. Pauls church, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe

Stained glass of St. Bonaventure, in St. Pauls church, Lyon, Rhone, France, Europe



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Lyon, a city rich in history and culture, holds many hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. From the majestic Fourviere Basilica overlooking the Rhone River to the captivating mosaic of pilgrims on their journey to Santiago da Compostela, a place that transports you through time. One cannot mention Lyon without acknowledging its royal connections. The Duchess of York, Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother), found solace within Lyon's enchanting streets. As her portrait by De Laszlo graced the walls of grand palaces, she surely felt at home amidst Lyon's regal ambiance. The city also boasts remarkable artistic wonders like the mosaic depicting Joan of Arc uncovered in 1917 at Fourviere Basilica. This powerful image serves as a reminder of France's courageous past and pays homage to this iconic figure who fought for her beliefs. As we wander through Lyon's vibrant neighborhoods, we stumble upon Les Laines Bisanne wool company poster showcasing exquisite craftsmanship and dedication to quality textiles. A testament to Lyon's thriving textile industry that has left an indelible mark on fashion worldwide. Beyond its borders, traces can be found across continents. The Grand Hotel on Chowringhee Road in Calcutta stands tall as a reminder of British colonial influence where Lyons Corner House once served as an emblematic meeting point for locals and travelers alike. Returning back to Lyon itself, we witness love stories unfold before our eyes - from Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon capturing hearts with her radiant smile in engagement photos with the Duke of York to their wedding day when they became Albert and Elizabeth - later known as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. While strolling along Saone riverbanks near Palais de Justice footbridge, one encounters "The Weight of Oneself" statue symbolizing introspection and self-discovery. It perfectly encapsulates how exploring every facet of this magnificent city allows us not only to appreciate its beauty but also to reflect upon our own journeys.