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Queen Elizabeth II gets the celebrity treatment in portrait by Annie Leibovitz

Queen Elizabeth II gets the celebrity treatment in portrait by Annie Leibovitz

Queen Elizabeth II blends formality and royal bling in a new portrait by American photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Leibovitz, famed for her portraits of the celebrity elite, photographed the British monarch to commemorate her state visit to the United States this month.
Leibovitz is probably best known for her photograph for Rolling Stone magazine of a naked John Lennon hugging a fully clothed Yoko Ono. She has photographed Whoopi Goldberg in a bath of milk and a very-pregnant Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair.
Her portrait of the queen is considerably more formal. The photo, unveiled to the public Wednesday, shows the queen in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, gazing out toward the palace lawns and dressed in a white fur stole, gold-embroidered evening dress and diamond tiara.
Leibovitz said before the photographic sessions in March that she wanted to take "a very simple portrait."
The picture is reminiscent of the formal portraits of the monarch's mother, the Queen Mother Elizabeth, by British photographer Cecil Beaton.
"I like tradition," Leibovitz said. "Cecil Beaton's pictures _ they're very important to me."
The May 3-8 trip will be the monarch's fourth state visit to the United States, and comes 50 years after her first, when she was a guest of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The queen will be in Virginia to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The queen is also scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby and will then to travel to Washington to meet U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura.


Updated : 2021-07-28 03:42 GMT+08:00