Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The Queen in Vanity Fair

The Queen on the front of Vanity Fair

The month of May started with great excitement over the appearance of the Duchess of Cambridge on the front of Vogue but she may just have been trumped by her granny in law. For as the month comes to an end, a new portrait of Elizabeth II has appeared on the front of Vanity Fair magazine. And it's rather majestic.

As the world gets ready for the spectacular finale to her 90th birthday celebrations, which take place in June, one of the most famous magazines in the world has put the Queen on its cover. The image is another exclusive photograph by Annie Liebovitz.

It was taken at the same time as the three already celebrated images of Elizabeth II released to mark her 90th birthday, among them the portrait with her five great grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren which hit the front of just about every newspaper in the world.

There were also photos of the Queen by herself and another, very family centred image of her with her daughter, the Princess Royal.

And when this edition of Vanity Fair hits the newstands this week, there is another royal treat waiting inside. Annie Liebovitz has also captured the Queen and Prince Philip in a new portrait. The Duke of Edinburgh marks his 95th birthday in June and the beginning of the month's celebrations will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral for both his and his wife's long lives and devotion to duty. And all captured on camera for the history books in truly historic portraits.

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