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There was a little stir when Annie Leibovitz unveiled her photographs of Queen Elizabeth at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. last spring. The portraits were made in honor of Her Royal Majesty’s state visit to the U.S. Some critics were not impressed with the images, saying they were cliched if not outright boring. I thought they were just right. At any rate, this story from the London Daily Mail sheds new light on the photo session. The picture here comes from BBC documentary, and captures the exact moment when the Queen lost her regal cool. It happened when Leibovitz asked Liz to remove her crown. The Queen stormed out, with an attendant lifting the train of her dress. It’s not always fun to be Annie. If you were the photographer, how would you have handled the situation?
—David Schonauer