The Cheeky Story Behind Queen Elizabeth’s Last Portrait

In her final photograph, taken just four months before her death, Queen Elizabeth looks both healthy and radiant. Noted for always wearing bright colors in public so she could be seen by curious crowds, the queen opted to wear a pale blue dress with classic accessories. According to the Daily Mail, blue happens to have been the monarch’s favorite color, so it’s only fitting that she would be wearing it for her last camera appearance.

The cameraman who took the picture also offered proof that the queen has a surprising sense of humor. Speaking to the British talk show «Lorraine,» royal photographer Ranald Mackechnie recalled the day he came to Windsor Castle to get some new shots of Her Majesty that would be released for her spectacular Platinum Jubilee weekend. He recalled (via People), «She arrived and walked in and we said hello, then she just looks at me and she goes, ‘What do you want?’ I said, ‘Well, I want you to smile and look happy.’ She looked back at me and she goes, ‘Well, you can’t make me.'»

Mackechnie retorted that she could «try,» to which the queen simply «giggled.»  With both photographer and subject at ease, it was a simple matter to take a photo that captured the queen’s warm smile. She looked like a woman who truly enjoyed her life — and millions of people worldwide feel lucky to have experienced her reign.

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