I’ve had my daughter Kitty working with me this week for her year 10 work experience. It’s been a really lovely week and I’ve been giving her the opportunity to sample various genres of photography. Today it was all about photojournalism, so we headed straight to Windsor to capture images of the Queens 90th Birthday celebratory walkabout.
Having lived, worked and married in Windsor, I’m very fond of the town and in some respects it still feels like home. It’s a place where you never feel far from royalty and all that history. When it comes to the Queen I have the utmost respect, she is truly remarkable. The royalty may have its critics, but no one can deny that she has carried out her duties as monarch tirelessly. I don’t know many 90 year olds who would wish to be working as hard as she does, and I hope she is able to take a step back now and have a well earned rest!
I came very close to the Queen 40 years ago when she opened our local shopping centre (I still have the photo I took on my Hanimax 110, she was wearing pale green that day as well). The experience has stayed with ever since, and I’m sure it will for Kitty too. The atmosphere was one of great anticipation and total excitement. When she arrived the crowds erupted with cheers and we sang Happy Birthday, and when it was over there remained a real sense of euphoria. It was really special.
Here are some of my snaps, and having had a peek at Kitty’s, it’s pretty clear I’m going to have to watch my back. 🙂
Happy Birthday Ma’am. Long live the Queen!