Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II taking a picture at the

Royal Photographer: Her Majesty Behind the Camera

Say "cheese" for the Queen!

Ever since her father King George XI gave her a box Brownie camera, Queen Elizabeth II has loved taking photos. From chronicling family memories to her many trips abroad, Her Majesty, it's clear, has a passion for capturing the moment.


Here, a look at the many times the Queen was the ultimate royal photographer.

SHADOW PLAY Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images SHADOW PLAY The Queen snaps pics from a shady vantage point, 1950. DEPTH OF FIELD Ray Bellisario/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images DEPTH OF FIELD Capturing a horse show, 1973. WHITE BALANCE Hulton Archive/Getty Images WHITE BALANCE Filming the arrival of the HMS Black Prince escort ship during her coronation world tour while husband Prince Philip looks on, 1953.

Other Stories For You

BEGINNER'S GUIDE Lisa Sheridan/Getty Images BEGINNER'S GUIDE The Queen shows a young Prince Charles how to take a picture of his sister, Princess Anne, 1952. I SEE YOU Lichfield/Lichfield/Getty Images I SEE YOU Filming on board the HMY Britannia, 1972. FOCUSED Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images FOCUSED Blending in with the crowd at the Badminton Horse Trials – Rolleiflex camera in hand, 1965. PICS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN Anwar Hussein/Getty Images PICS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN Taking in her trip to Muscat, Oman, while Sultan Qaboos look on, 1979. INCOGNITO Keystone/Getty Images INCOGNITO Finding the right angle at the Badminton Horse Trials, 1965. STRONG STANCE Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images STRONG STANCE With Prince Phillip, again at the Badminton Horse Trials, 1973. SERIOUS SNAPS David Levenson/Getty Images SERIOUS SNAPS Capturing husband Prince Phillip (who was competing at the Windsor Horse Show) with a Leica camera, 1982. PHOTO PIT Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images PHOTO PIT Getting a shot of Princess Anne riding in the Burghley Horse Trials, 1971. WHITE GLOVE TREATMENT Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images WHITE GLOVE TREATMENT On a visit to Tuvalu, 1982. OFFICIAL GEAR Anwar Hussein/Getty Images OFFICIAL GEAR Bundled up at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, 1990. POINT AND SHOOT Ken Goff/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images POINT AND SHOOT Keeping her distance, 2000. STABILIZER Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images STABILIZER Getting a steady shot with a little help from her Range Rover at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, 2000. ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER Another horse show, 1995.



For more FOTO stories directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter.