Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday and marks this great day with several family portraits of the royal family taken at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s residence west of London. The celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz was invited to take photos. It took nine years to forget the row over footage shot for a documentary on the BBC, which showed Leibovitz asking the Queen to remove her tiara, drawing a frosty response.
The first picture shows the youngest generation of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II holds 11-month-old Princess Charlotte on her knees while 2-year-old Prince George, future king, stands nearby. The other children on the photo are Queen’s great-grandchildren – Mia Tindall, Savannah and Isla Phillips – and two youngest grandchildren James, Viscount Severn, and his sister Lady Louise Windsor.
Telegraph informs that the pose of Queen Elizabeth intentionally echoes portraits of Queen Victoria who also used to be photographed surrounded by royal children, with the youngest in her arms.
The picture was taken in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle just after Easter.
The Queen is pictured with her daughter, the Princess Royal, 65, on the second photo. The photo is some acknowledgement of the Princess and her great but mostly unrecognised work on behalf of Her Majesty. The Princess is known as the busiest and hardest-working member of the Royal family, sometimes she carries out the most engagements in any given year, but media rarely requites her according to her deserts.
Queen Elizabeth is known for her love to dogs. So no wonder that the third picture shows her with her beloved dogs in the private grounds of Windsor Castle. The Queen is standing surrounded by her two corgis Willow and Holly and her dorgie cross-breeds Vulcan and Candy.
The official Instagram has also unveiled a picture of four generation of the Royal family.
The previous 2007 photoshoot taken by Leibovitz was filmed for a BBC documentary and resulted in “Queengate” incident. The thing is that the trailer was made in such a way so that to give the false impression. The Queen was pictured as storming out in a huff, when in fact she was on her way into the room. The conflict led to the resignation of the BBC1 controller Peter Fincham.
Queen Elizabeth II is patron of over 600 organizations and charities. She does have a deep sense of religious and civic duty, and takes her coronation oath seriously. “To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example”.