Annie Leibovitz shoots British Royal Family portraits for The Queen’s 90th birthday celebration

Apr 21, 2016

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Annie Leibovitz shoots British Royal Family portraits for The Queen’s 90th birthday celebration

Apr 21, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Today marks the 90th birthday of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to record the occasion, celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz was chosen to create portraits of the Queen and her family.

While Annie is no stranger to photographing The Queen, their last professional interaction didn’t seem to go too well at all, and given their attitude towards some photographers, even if they might deserve it, it seems slightly surprising that Annie would be invited back for such a major event.

Here, The Queen poses with two of her grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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A second image shows The Queen with four of her beloved dogs on the private grounds of Windsor Castle.

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In a third image released today, The Queen sits with her daughter, Princess Anne.

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Also to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, a set of commemorative 1st Class stamps are being produced from a photograph created last year by Ranald Mackechnie of The Queen with her son Prince Charles, grandson Prince William and great grandson Prince Harry who are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in line to the throne, respectively.

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The 90th Birthday stamp collections available from the Royal Mail website.

No word yet on whether or not a behind the scenes documentary will be forthcoming this time, so here’s one from Annie and The Queen’s last shoot together in 2007, courtesy of the BBC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meTECfGfoMI

Also, here’s the BBC’s attempt at mopping up after the controversy surrounding the trailer for the above documentary.

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13 responses to “Annie Leibovitz shoots British Royal Family portraits for The Queen’s 90th birthday celebration”

  1. Danny Max Avatar
    Danny Max

    Does she often photograph Scroungers who live off the state and refuse to do a decent days hard work ? The royal family are nothing but rich ponces !

    1. Fred Smith Avatar
      Fred Smith

      They are a paying client.

    2. Doug Owens Avatar
      Doug Owens

      Shit for brains!

  2. Walt Mateja Sr. Avatar
    Walt Mateja Sr.

    On one occasion that she was photographing the queen, Annie got in trouble when she directed the queen toi remove her crown… I learned this when I met her at the Jefferson Awards a couple years ago and the story is related in her book.

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      That event is in the two videos at the bottom of the article. :)

    2. Walt Mateja Sr. Avatar
      Walt Mateja Sr.

      Yep, thanks

    3. Walt Mateja Sr. Avatar
      Walt Mateja Sr.

      Annie is quite a interesting person. When I interviewed her, she talked about having just photographed John and Yoko on the same day, right before he was killed. I was interested in how she felt when she got the news, and she really expressed no emotion, but just talked about the back and forth discussion between her and Yoko on how the bed photo should be done… i.e. clothes/no clothes etc. Needless to say, I was much surprised at how detached she was, especially because she had spent some time travelling and touring with the Beatles. I always feel an emotional connection of some kind with people that I photograph.

  3. Dave Shemano Avatar
    Dave Shemano

    she said “just wear your grubbiest most comfortable clothes”

  4. Albion Avatar
    Albion

    @NicholasGoodden A sepia-tinted feel suggesting timeless British values – needed now more than ever. #OneLandOnePeople

  5. Eddy Kamera Avatar
    Eddy Kamera

    Definitely British. Check out the weather. :)

  6. Robin Avatar
    Robin

    A lot of re touching to hide the flash in the mirror, or just use reflactors?

    1. nace zavrl Avatar
      nace zavrl

      Lol , r u serious?

  7. TheInconvenientRuth Avatar
    TheInconvenientRuth

    That pose of the Queen on the steps though… Not saying the Queen should strike a Vogue pose and I fully understand this is meant to be a ‘candid’ shot, but this is fairly unflattering, I’d say…