From royal engagements with elephants to the last official picture of the Queen and Prince Philip celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary in 202
From royal engagements with elephants to the last official picture of the Queen and Prince Philip celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary in 2020, photographer Chris Jackson has immortalised countless royal memories with his camera. A staff photographer for Getty Images, a worldwide image bank, Mr Jackson has been focused on the British royal family for nearly 20 years and has recently released a book of his favourite pictures of Queen Elizabeth titled “A Queen For Our Time.”
“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,” the photographer told 9Honey.
“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.
“It’s not an everyday occurrence, so that makes it even more special today to get these opportunities and whenever you do get to see her out and about it adds an element of pressure to capturing the image you hope tells the story but it’s very special.”
Asked whether the Queen’s ageing and the camera technology getting better and better had changed the way he photographed her over the years, Mr Jackson answered no.
“I think that’s the great thing about the Queen: she’s essentially timeless.
“She’s had this appeal over the period I’ve had the opportunity to photograph her and… she’s this incredible person who has outlived careers of many photographers.
“I have the utmost respect and admiration and am inspired by people who have photographed her over the years and some of those incredibly iconic pictures we see of the Queen — I could never hope to attain the reputation of someone like Cecil Beaton… you’ve got Tim Graham, whom I worked with at Getty.
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“She’s outlasted all of them and she is still working today.”
Chris Jackson says his favourite picture of the Queen is the one he took when she won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013.
“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.
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“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.
“Why I remember it was the cheer of the crowd, the excitement and the fact that everyone was behind her and behind Estimate to win, which is what made that so special.”