Whatever your thoughts on Monarchy - 90 years old and still knocking around the world with her handbag is very impressive. And she's a lot quicker than you might think... The gals got a fair pace when she's not being handed flowers and shaking hands - she's nearly caught me out a few times - she really is on a mission - and this photographer can't stand in her way!
You know from the briefings how each visit will go, so I figure out where I need to be - and more to the point - where I am ALLOWED to be. It's strictly controlled once you're on her side of the barriers and accompanying her through buildings etc. Being the seasoned pro that I am - I know what I'm doing and always get access to the best spots ;-)
Now I do have one tip which I learn't on my very first Royal visit - use your vocabulary carefully.
I don't mean watching your P's and Q's either. I turned up on the day to the school HRH The Queen was visiting, and I was the official photographer. All good so far. I greeted the big Policeman, and his big gun. He asked me my name, I knew it. I then continued with why I was there. To shoot the Queen. SHOOT. I thought nothing of this, in my world, shooting is to Photograph. Not in the big Police mans world though.... OOPS!
The shocked look on his face soon turned to almost pity once he saw the penny drop in my head - good grief - did I really just say that?! ? Yup. I did. ARGHHHHH! He saw the funny side - but had to check through all my kit of course - just in case...
Here's to "PHOTOGRAPHING" more Royals again soon :-)
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