Today the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday … and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the photos in the media of the Queen from “nought to ninety”  showing how she changed as she grew up.  There have also been various photos released by the acclaimed photographer Annie Leibowitz who has taken the Queen’s portrait before.   The one below which seems to have had the most publication features her five great grand-children and the two youngest grandchildren (children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex).  It is no easy task to capture seven young children looking relaxed and happy as well as achieving such pleasing composition – that’s why she’s the Queen’s photographer I guess!  Apart from the children all looking good, and little Mia Tindall looking super cute holding the Queen’s handbag, I love the positioning of the photo so that the mirrors reflect back and forth so many times at the top of the photo.

It is lovely to see the images showing the Queen looking relaxed and with her Corgis too … although I have heard several people say they would have liked to see her out riding – apparently she does still ride, even at age 90!  For anyone wondering what the dogs are called they are (clockwise from top) Willow, Vulcan, Candy and Hollow.

Next time you are holding a special occasion, or celebrating a special birthday, don’t forget to make sure you mark the event by recording those most important to you with some birthday photos.