The death of Queen Elizabeth II

I am not a “royal photographer” by any sense of the imagination, however over the years I have photographed Queen Elizabeth II many times as part of my work as a press photographer either as part of the “royal rota” or at what are known as “fixed points” (i.e. Accredited)

My first memories of the queen having any influence / importance are from the Silver Jubilee year, I can remember the street party and fancy dress quite well but my overriding memory is away from these.

The Queen was due to visit Highbury Fields (my family are from the Islington area in London although we lived in Edmonton at the time). My parents wanted to take my brother and I to see her on this day however it was a school day so mum planned to phone us in sick. That day was also my cycling proficiency test day and I was in tears, being extremely upset at missing it which would mean I would be unable to cycle to school.

A compromise was reached. I went to school in the morning, did the test, earned my right to cycle to school before earning another award – this time for acting as I threw my best “tummy cramps and headaches” performance.

My parents collected me from school “sick” and we made it to Highbury fields seeing Her Majesty shake the hands of a couple of elderly women standing next to us (dad had a theory that she had a regular pattern of greeting on these walkabouts).

Anyway I digress… here is a very quick selection of photos I have taken of the late queen over the years….

My first Royal Job – HRH Queen Elizabeth attends the World Premiere and Royal Film Performance of The Cronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader at Leicester Square, London, 30 November 2010.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinbugh return to Buckingham Palace from Horse Guards Parade following Trooping the Colour in London , UK – 17/06/2017. HRH Queen Elizabeth II , Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh.
HRH Queen Elizabeth II at Trooping the Colour at The Mall / Buckingham Palace, London , UK – Saturday June 17, 2017. Queen Elizabeth II returns to Buckingham Palace from Horse Guards Parade where the Welsh Guards of the Household Division Trooped their colours.
State Opening of Parliament – HRH The Queen Elizabeth II departs The Houses of Parliament, Sovereign’s Entrance at Victoria Tower on 21 June 2017
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh formally welcome His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain at Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday 12th July 2017.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh formally welcome His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain at Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday 12th July 2017.
HRH Queen Elizabeth II at Trooping the Colour and Queens Birthday Parade on Saturday 9 June 2018
HRH Queen Elizabeth II at Trooping the Colour and Queens Birthday Parade on Saturday 9 June 2018 in Buckingham Palace ,
Easter 2019 Windsor Castle
Easter 2019 Windsor Castle
Trumped !!!
The Queen meets the President of the United States of America and Mrs Trump on Friday 13 July 2018 at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Thank you and goodbye Ma’am

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