Annie Leibovitz reflects on photographing ‘feisty’ Queen Elizabeth

Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz has revealed the one thing that impressed her most about her royal subject Queen Elizabeth. “She does her own hair and makeup. That is impressive,” says Annie, who had the honour of snapping Her Majesty in 2007. Calling the monarch “feisty,” Annie, 66, opened up about the photo shoot in a new interview with CNN.

Annie's new exhibit featuring the Queen's portrait will tour the world. Photo: © Getty Images

"She is a woman with a great sense of duty. I mean, it's like photographing your great-aunt or something like that. It really is; you know, she has so much energy and so much drive. And she definitely has opinions," mused Annie, who is celebrating the opening of her new exhibit WOMEN: New Portraits at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London. “She said, ‘I don't think I'm going to be wearing this cape thing’. I mean, it was a 75-pound cape that she's walking around in, very heavy with these ceremonial robes."

The photographer poses in front of the Queen's portrait. Photo: © Getty Images

The photo shoot made headlines at the time because Annie was captured on-camera asking the Queen to take off her crown for a "less dressy" pose, to which the monarch quipped, "Less dressy? What do you think this is?" Nearly a decade later, Annie still remembers the shoot. “Oh, my God, she's feisty. She's feisty."

The Queen has sat for more than 130 portraits throughout her reign. The last was captured by Mary McCartney to celebrate the momentous occasion when, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, the Queen officially became the longest-reigning British monarch.

Photo: © PA

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