Northland photographer recalls audience with Her Majesty
In late 1976, Times of London photographer Warren Harrison believed he might be in danger after having a small incident in the company car when he was summoned to the editor’s office.
Harrison was able to apologise before the editor revealed that it was truly for a special assignment.
The New Zealand High Commission in London had chosen him to photograph Queen Elizabeth II for use on stamps issued by New Zealand to commemorate the monarch’s Silver Jubilee in February of the following year.
“I was going to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace and snap her picture, it was very exciting,” Harrison recalled. “My initial thought was panic, but it was also exhilaration.
Among the countless images Harrison took over the course of his long career—first as a cadet photographer with the Northern Advocate in 1964, then the NZ Herald, and finally the Times for nearly 16 years—those of the Queen are some of his favourites and have received the greatest attention.
The one-on-one conversation and the profound sadness at The Queen’s passing came gushing back with her death on Friday September 9th, 2022
The Queen halted the photo shoot to run to the window after hearing a loud screech of brakes and a crash outside Buckingham Palace, adding drama to the photo shoot itself.
Source: NZ Herald by Mike Dinsdale
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