Queen Elizabeth Turns 90, Poses For A Portrait With The Youngest Members Of The Royal Family


As she celebrates her 90th birthday, Britain's Queen Elizabeth took some time off from her busy schedule to pose for the camera together with her great-grandchildren.

Taken by famed American photographer Annie Leibovitz, the portrait shows the Queen with 11-month-old Princess Charlotte sitting on her lap and 2-year-old Prince George standing beside them.

Her Royal Highness is also surrounded by her three other great-grandchildren 5-year-old Savannah and 3-year-old Isla Phillips and 2-year-old Mia Tindall, as well as her youngest grandchildren 12-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and her brother, 8-year-old James, Viscount Severn.

The photoshoot took inspiration from portraits of Queen Elizabeth's great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who often had her pictures taken while she was surrounded by the youngest members of the royal family.

Queen Elizabeth's portrait was shot at Windsor Castle's Green Drawing Room sometime after Easter, and it is just one of three photographs taken by Leibovitz that Buckingham Palace released.

This is the first time Leibovitz was asked to take pictures of the British monarch following the controversial "Queengate" incident in 2007.

At that time, BBC hired Leibovitz to photograph Queen Elizabeth to mark her state visit to the United States. The shoot was filmed as part of a documentary.

A trailer for the documentary, however, was met with controversy after it showed a scene where the Queen seemingly stormed out angrily during the shoot, when in fact she was simply making her way into the room.

In the scene, Leibovitz can be seen telling Queen Elizabeth that the photograph would look better and less dressy if they left out her crown.

The Queen responds by pointing to her ceremonial robe and asking the photographer about what she thought the monarch was wearing. She also gives Leibovitz an icy stare.

BBC issued an apology to Queen Elizabeth and admitted that the scene in the trailer had been "misrepresented" and that Her Highness had not stormed out during the shoot.

The media storm that followed the showing of the trailer also led to the resignation of BBC1's controller Peter Fincham.

Aside from her recent photoshoot with Leibovitz, Queen Elizabeth also had her pictures taken together with her son, Prince Charles, her grandson, Prince William, and her great-grandson, Prince George. These were for a commemorative stamp series to celebrate her 90th birthday.

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