The Solar newspaper’s Arthur Edwards, 81, has been photographing Queen Elizabeth II for 45 years, and describes her as an everlasting supply of inspiration. However forward of the 96-year-old monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the veteran royal snapper informed AFP the royal household faces a “troublesome transition”.
What sort of individual is the queen?
“She was at all times the identical each go to you went on, nothing modified, she went gradual, at her personal tempo. She by no means, ever was fazed. “She’s by no means given an interview so nobody actually is aware of her ideas on issues. However you glean these little issues from individuals you discuss to, like her dresser. “As an illustration, she goes to her Balmoral Scottish property yearly for a vacation. I as soon as mentioned to her, ‘why don’t you go some place else?’ and he or she mentioned ‘properly, the place can I’m going?’ “The woman-in-waiting laughed and got here again to me and mentioned she completely loves it at Balmoral and I mentioned ‘why?’. She mentioned as a result of for 3 months, individuals ignore her. “And the explanation she likes canine and horses is as a result of they don’t know she’s the queen.”
What’s going to occur over the subsequent few months?
“It’s going to be troublesome, the transition. All people simply is aware of the queen: she’s on each financial institution observe, she’s on each coin, she’s on each stamp. “The queen is simply a part of our tradition, it’s a part of our life. “The Prince of Wales (inheritor to the throne Prince Charles) has carried out super work himself and I do know that as a result of I’ve been working with him intently. “He’s an unimaginable man, but it surely’s going to be troublesome.
“He’s carried out a number of issues the place he stood in for the queen lately. He does that with none fuss and folks will see that he’s real and I feel they may settle for him but it surely received’t be simple. “He’s following one of the vital wonderful monarchs we ever had on this nation. “She served within the conflict. We now have gotten these issues with (grandson Prince) Harry and all these items she simply copes with magnificently. “Each time issues get robust right here she goes on tv and he or she speaks to the nation. When Diana died, she spoke to the nation. With COVID, she spoke to the nation. She is a girl that issues.”
How is she?
“Final October I photographed her, she was frail however she was stoic, she was magnificent. “She was with Boris Johnson and he or she was launched to John Kerry from America, Invoice Gates… and he or she was wonderful. “She was on her toes for an hour, however the subsequent day she went to hospital. “Within the final six months she’s turn out to be very frail, she’s misplaced loads of weight. The garments have been adjusted, the attire are hanging on her generally. “She takes physician’s recommendation. The issue is… she desires to stroll and she will be able to’t. “And he or she doesn’t need to embarrass herself. I wrote a bit saying she ought to get a wheelchair. It’s no disgrace, however she, for some motive, received’t do it. “If we don’t see the queen over the jubilee, there’ll be thousands and thousands of individuals dissatisfied. “They arrive into London to see the live performance and they’ll see the pageant, however what they actually need to see is the queen.” – AFP