Queen calms photographer during shoot

  • 02/08/2015
Queen Elizabeth II (Reuters)
Queen Elizabeth II (Reuters)

Photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas has produced a striking quadruple portrait of the Queen - in one picture - and joked how the monarch put him at ease during the shoot.

Using mirrors he was able to capture full-length images of the Queen from the front, back and sides, creating a picture reminiscent of Anthony van Dyck's famous triple portrait of Charles I.

Prince Charles and Camilla have also posed for the photographer and all the images will be part of the exhibition The Queen's People, featuring photographs of members of the Royal Household and senior ceremonial figures in their traditional uniforms.

When his digital camera froze during the photoshoot, the photographer found it was the Queen who eased the tension: "The camera had a digital seizure but luckily I was about two-thirds of the way into the shoot but she was very calm and cool and put me at my ease.

"My brain had just frozen but she started talking to me and I was able to fix the problem in two minutes. The roles were reversed and she was the one putting the photographer at ease."

In her full-length portrait the Queen is wearing a burgundy coloured dress, designed by her personal assistant and adviser Angela Kelly, with the Waterloo badge of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

The Queen was photographed in 2013 at Windsor Castle during an event to mark the 60th anniversary of her Colonelcy of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

The photographer said the shoot was held after the Queen's famous appearance in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics and he mentioned the night when her dogs starred alongside James Bond star Daniel Craig.

"I asked if she had enjoyed it and remember her saying she did and that she enjoyed having the corgis in the shoot and how they performed very well."

Mr Rittson-Thomas, who has photographed the Dalai Lama and David Cameron, said he managed to capture the Queen's natural smile after he asked the passionate horse-owner how she would feel if she won the Epsom Derby - the only classic to have eluded her.

His project was inspired by 16th and 17th century paintings of monarchs such as Elizabeth I and her court, often painted against a black or dark background which emphasised the rich colours of the outfits worn.

The Queen's People exhibition will be held at Eleven Gallery, London from August 19 to September 19.