Queen ‘essentially timeless’ and makes every photo ‘special’, says photographer
A royal photographer who has shared his memories of following the Queen for nearly twenty years says that the reigning monarch can be regarded as “essentially timeless”.
London-based camera pro Chris Jackson told9Honeythat the job of capturing Her Majesty’s joyful engagements for the photo agency Getty is still as exciting as when he began back at the turn of the millennium.
He said: "It is a very special feeling, very exciting when you get to photograph someone who is so iconic and so well-known around the world,"
"When I was a younger photographer I do remember the feeling I had of excitement and anticipation when I did get to capture some images of the Queen — it still excites me to this day and it hasn't really worn off at all."
He also said that every one of Queen Elizabeth II’s engagements has felt “unique” in its own way, and that her interactions with other members of the Royal Family help to keep things constantly fresh and interesting.
While so much else has changed in the last two decades, Mr Jackson says one of the most charming attributes of the 95-year-old is how she is an entirely timeless personality.
He commented that she has “outlived the career of many photographers”, and has remained a figure of public affection in spite of shifting trends.
Mr Jackson also gave tributes to royal photographers that have influenced his work, such as the legendary Cecil Beaton — whose career in the twentieth century spanned multiple monarchs — and Getty colleague Tim Graham.
He has recently released a new photobook entitled Elizabeth II: A Queen for Our Time’, in which he shares royal memories spanning his career so far.
His favourite moment came when the Queen’s horse Estimate won at the Royal Ascot in 2013, with the knighting of charity hero Captain Tom last year also standing out.
He said: "We often see her looking at her most passionate and relaxed at Royal Ascot and to win the Gold Cup for the first time in over 200 years for a reigning monarch is an incredible achievement.
"I remember, so vividly, the moment she was handed the coveted trophy and the look on her face and the sheer joy when she had it in her hands — it clearly meant so much to her, it's about the work she's put in, the passion she takes into breeding these horses —it's a story that goes back a long way and this was a culmination of a lot of work and clearly something that made her so happy."
Pictures taken by another photographer this week show the Queen using a walking stick in public for the first time in years at a royal event at Westminster Abbey.
A service was held in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.
She was last seen using the same walking stick back in January 2004, when she used it to support her mobility following a knee operation.
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