Saturday, November 28, 2009

Crowned Head

Much as one adores the Queen, one must feel a tinge of sympathy for the journalists assigned to cover the Royal Beat, an assignment of ceaseless routine, implacable structure, and rigourous protocol, all centered around a woman who has not made a public misstep since the height of the Jazz Age.

Which makes it all the more admirable when a photographer is able to come up with any kind of innovation, even something as simple as a new angle. Her Majesty is seen here during the recent opening of Parliament, and the nameless Reuters shutterbug has really made rather an interesting picture - a backstage glimpse, as it were, at the person of the monarchy.

She's wearing one of her grandmother Queen Mary's diamond necklaces and what is more or less her travelling crown, the George IV State Diadem, familiar not only from its regular appearances worn to and from state occasions, but from its perennial presence on stamps and banknotes from around the realms. She has lovely hair, don't you think?

11 comments:

  1. Whenever I see her I wonder who is livlier, her or her Madame Tussauds' version?

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  2. Annie Liebovitz asked HM if she wouldn't like to remove Her tiara for a photo shoot. HM was horrified-how would She keep Her hair tidy?

    Indeed, it doesn't look as if She could just whip off that crown without a team of hairdressers, jewelers and maids in attendance.

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  3. Charles and Camilla's recent visit to Canada cost us $2.57 million dollars.

    Brenda's upcoming visit is estimated at $3.64 million!

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  4. I'll have to remind you that we don't truck with republicanism in any form in these parts, ma'am.

    We've even taught ourselves to like the Duchess of C. If nothing else, she's so much more restful than her predecessor...

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  5. I like this photo of the Duchess and her twin sister.

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  6. I was rather taken with the lovely pink skin of her back.

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  7. You know, I didn't like to mention it - but she does have a remarkably fetching nape.

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  8. It almost doesn’t look real. Sort of like the Madame Alexander version of Queen Elizabeth.

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  9. I think she looks like an old Cousin It...but royal.

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