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Queen photographer lifts lid on what monarch is like behind lens 'Never have to tell her'


Photographer Henry Dallal was given the opportunity to work for the Queen multiple times and capture her cheerful smiles. He says of his experience with the monarch: “It’s a huge honour and it’s always very special to be within Windsor Castle and with Her Majesty.” However, speaking to OK!, he added that his focus is on achieving the best result possible.

Mr Dallal said: “At some point, my focus becomes ‘take a good picture’.

“My focus becomes, ‘What do I do to get the best photograph possible?’

“In terms of the lighting, the composition, and also, the biggest challenge, is to make sure the four-legged friends are also smiling at the same time and looking at you.

“But you never have to tell the Queen to smile.”

Mr Dallal took a recent picture of the Queen standing in between two wonderful horses on the Windsor Castle grounds, in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.

He said the Queen was very sociable, and seemed to be having a nice time in the lovely scenery.

He said: “She was very nice, very friendly, very pleasant, and enjoyed the occasion.

“She loved being outside with daffodils everywhere, with the magnolia blossom, and with her horses.

“I’ve photographed the Queen before on other occasions, for the Golden Jubilee, the Diamond Jubilee.

“It’s always pleasant. It’s very relaxed. We take the picture rather swiftly, and afterwards, she stays a little longer to see everyone and be with her horses.”

He continued by explaining how the Queen tends to interact with everyone involved in the works of the Palace.

He noted: “She will talk to everyone. She will talk to the gardener, everyone. It’s pretty relaxed. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity. It’s a huge honour to be asked.”

However, Mr Dallal described one of the difficulties of his work, which is not being able to choose the time of day the photoshoot will take place.

He said: “You just have to make sure the weather is cooperative. The day before, it was awful, and we were trying to capture the magnolia tree in full bloom before it blew away, so timing is important.

“You also don’t want it to be too sunny or too bright, the lighting needs to be as good as it can be.

“We don’t have that luxury with her majesty because we can’t say, ‘Why don’t you come around at sunset?’ ‘Well the lighting isn’t good, let’s try again tomorrow.’ That doesn’t work!”



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