In commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 88th birthday, legendary fashion photographer David Bailey has been tapped to take a portrait of the British monarch that is quite unlike most of her previous ones.
The portrait was unveiled on Sunday, April 20, just a day before the Queen’s birthday. It was taken at the Buckingham Palace last March as part of Great Britain’s campaign to boost the country’s heritage and tourism to foreign visitors. Unlike her more formal portraits, the Queen here is shown smiling broadly.
Bailey himself remarked, as quoted in a report by NBC News, “I’ve always been a huge fan of the Queen. She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint.” He also described the queen as “a very strong woman.”
Meanwhile, Bailey is renowned in the industry for his photographs of “Swinging London” during the 1960s. The cult classic “Blowup” directed by Michelangelo Antonioni is closely associated to him as the lead character, a fashion photographer, was said to be inspired by Bailey and his career.