June 9, 2018
Photographing The Queen in Paris was the most magical and nerve-wracking moment of my career.
Throwback to when I photographed The Queen in Paris at The British Embassy. It’s The Queen’s 2nd birthday today. Did you know she celebrates 2 birthdays?
The queen turned 92 on her actual birthday on April 21, but she also has an official birthday that is celebrated every year on a Saturday in June. The reason for the second birthday has to do with the weather. Sovereigns whose real birthdays fall in colder months have often celebrated an official birthday on a different date in the hope of good weather for their birthday parade, known as the Trooping the Colour.
I was commissioned to photograph The Queen during her visit at The Embassy for 3 days. The events included photographing a private investiture (a knighting), The Queen’s birthday party and an official farewell.
Here is a small selection of photographs I took from the events.
Up on first seeing her it was seriously ‘a pinch me moment’. Her energy was the most beautiful I had ever encountered. It was as if she was floating around the room wrapped in light… Glowing… Really.
She performed an investiture ceremony ( a knighting ) I still can’t believe I saw that with my own eyes. A sword in her hands. It was unbelievable honour.
Prince Phillip accompanied her for the visit and upon their arrival he said a few words to me about my camera angle… Trying to be cheeky. I blushed of course.
There was a moment when I was stood at the top of some stairs on the day of the farewell and the queen was but 1 metre from me. We were waiting for the next procession to happen and she looked at me and smiled and said something… I can NOT remember what it was. I just remembered thinking ‘ do I curtsy?, Shake hands, smile, thank you, …. I hadn’t been briefed on that. I smiled and then luckily immediately the procession commenced.
I can’t believe how much of an honour this truly was. A moment I’ll never ever forget. I’m incredibly lucky to have received such an opportunity.
Photographing The Queen in Paris – Paris Photographer
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