Our Liz and her Leicas

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by johnny massey, May 7, 2007.

  1. News of Helen Mirren declining an invitation to Buckingham Palace for dinner
    (one simply has such a busy schedule) got me wondering about The Queen's well
    known love of Leicas. The following questions entered my mind - <p>a) Who
    processes her stuff? Somehow I have trouble imagining her agitating a tank full
    of Perceptol for five seconds every minute in between drags on her cigarette . .
    .<p>b) Why does she never post anything? Is she an armchair expert and/or
    fondler?<p>c) Have Leica UK sent her a D-Lux 3 yet? - she is getting on a bit
    and the IS might come in handy.<p>Yes, I know I'm going to get a 'who cares'
    response from one of our 'cousins' but I'm bored.
  2. I've also seen a picture of her with a Rollei 35.

  3. firstly, i did not know about her fondness of leicas. if she does take pictures i would suspect that someone close to the family, a photographer friend, might be developing her prints. maybe the likes of lichfield does her one or two rolls when they develop their own linhoff stuff?

    i am sure that she would be interested in digital but i remain unsure how computer literate she is. unless she has one of those little canon printers that attaches to your camera, i dare say there would be much chance of her going to boots with the memory card.
  4. Litchfield died last year or the year before. More than likely they have in house photography processing capabilities.
  5. She wears gloves in public to cover up the hypo & developer rash.
  6. I remember a book on photography by a UK photojournalist back in the 70's. He had spent a fair bit of time in the 50's and 60's covering the young queen, and his Leica shots of her were just beautiful. They were candid, but artistic and very tastefully done. There was one set of shots where the queen was watching horses at an early morning work out, and he shot several candid photos of her from not far away, along the rail, quite discretely. She knew he was there and said nothing, and he relates how one of her security men then sidled up next to him and said something like, "Well you have a few nice ones now, don't you? Have a lovely day."

    I wish I could remember the name of the photographer, or the title of the book, because it's got some of the best black and white people shots I've ever seen in it. I can't imagine a pro pj taking shots like that of the queen these days of paparazzi paranoia.
  7. artistic and tastefully done? Sounds creepy.
  8. Lord Snowdon, who was married to Princess Margaret was the offical photographer for the royal family.I believe he is still alive. I saw a excellent exibit of his photographs at the National Portrait Gallery a few years ago.You do have to remember that the Queens family was German, so I would expect them to appreciate the quality of German cameras :)
  9. jtk


    Perhaps she's bringing Ko-Ko to the White House.

  10. Having actually dealt with the logistics of the royal family, I can almost guarantee you that they've got some sort of internal mechanism set up for that sort of stuff.
  11. jtk


    The young Queen was impressive, reviewing troops at the beginning of every movie shown in St. Johns Newfoundland when she visited that miserable, too-loyal island in 1959. Beautiful woman. She "sat a horse" wonderfully. Did you notice how steadily she stepped down from her jet, and with nobody on her arm? Not bad for someone born in 1926.
  12. I think these days she uses her mobile to capture images. That way she can instantly
    download some of the more risque ones straight onto You Tube.
  13. I agree that the Queen is quite a lady. During WW2 she was urged to go to Canada along with her sisters, she decided to stay in London and became a Truck mechanic for the woman's army, she is as tough as nails.
  14. a) I guess one can leave out tea as the developer?

    b) Only prints on fiber.

    c) She is on the record as a regular web browser!
  15. If she is going to take any photos of Preznit Busch this week, all she will need is a Holga.
  16. If I remember correctly, the British Post had a stamp some years back of the Queen holding one of her Leicas. Maybe someone can find an image and post it here?
  17. @Frederick Muller:
    I think you are referring to the book Monty Fresco: Pictures are my life
    i have it here, it shows how a great press-photodog monty was
  18. Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield (25 April 1939 ? 11 November 2005). In his professional photographic practice he was known as Patrick Lichfield. He was the official photographs at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. At one point a loyal Olympus SLR user. His death was never publicly commented upon by the queen but it did sadden her.

    Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Baron Armstrong-Jones Nymans, (born 7 March 1930) is a British photographer and documentary filmmaker. He was married to The Princess Margaret from 1960 to 1978. He is alive. Her never has "spilled the beans" to the press or in a book about is royal marriage. He was for many years the photogorapher at private palace functions of the royal family.

    http://www.angelfire.com/biz/Leica/ H.M. Elizabeth II with a Leica.
  19. I was a pre-teen during WW2, and the newsreels often showed her in uniform working at the motor pool. She is an attractive 80-year old, and was a very pretty young lady. I think she has earned her keep, much more so than the Bush twins. I speak as a Yank with a British background.
  20. "she decided to stay in London and became a Truck mechanic for the woman's army, she is as tough as nails."

    It was a publicity stunt, to boost morale. She didn't actually fix any trucks.
  21. If I remember correctly, the British Post had a stamp some years back of the Queen holding one of her Leicas.
    That's Royal Mail to you colonials:
  22. <img src=http://www.kodakgirl.com/images/postcard25.jpg><img src=http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42309000/jpg/_42309856_queen203.jpg>

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