Brian Aris – Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London 1996
20 x 16”
Archival Digital Print
Signed Edition 14/25
Also available as 16 x 12” (edition of 50) at £400, or 20″ x 24″(edition 25) at £1,000, or 30″ x 30″ (edition 25) at £1,800
“I was booked to photograph Her Majesty the Queen for official portraits to celebrate her 70th birthday. The session took place at Buckingham Palace and it goes without saying that a certain amount of nerves came into play. After all it’s not every day of the week you find yourself in a grand room at the Palace with an assistant and just Her Majesty.
Protocol doesn’t really allow small talk which was running through my mind as The Queen made herself comfortable in front of my camera which was set on a tripod. Without realising and in my nervousness, I had been fooling with the tripod and unlocked it so when I let go of the camera it fell forward heading for her Majesty. Thankfully my young assistant Patrick blessed with quick reflexes and showing no sign of nerves caught it and handed it back saying”you shouldn’t be doing that Mr Aris”. At which point the Queen burst out laughing.”