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Queen Elizabeth With GRANDchildren – The Youngest Royals

Remember that adorable photo of Queen Elizabeth II and her great-grandchildren that Kensington Palace shared on Instagram in celebration of her 90th birthday? The queen sat surrounded by her two youngest grandchildren and five great-grandchildren (including our personal favorite, Prince George), in a gorgeous photo taken by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.

But what has everyone talking was Mia Tindall, the queen’s cherubic great-granddaughter, holding her majesty’s purse and looking downright delighted about it. And now we know why: She was being naughty.

Harper’s Bazaar reports that Mike Tindall (husband of Zara Phillips, the queen’s granddaughter) told Good Morning Britain, “It just happened at the right time. She was being a bit naughty. The queen got it quite right when she told her, ‘Just hold the handbag now,’ and she did that. It ended up being a great photo of her.”

Being given a purse to hold is gold-star child management. Well done.

“It just turned out to be the right photo at the right time and it will be something we’ll always cherish, I think,” he added. “She’s got quite a little personality on her, and we encourage that.”

Queen of England@the_british_monarchy have just released this photograph of The Queen surrounded by her two youngest grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. This is the first in a series of three official photographs. It was taken at Windsor Castle just after Easter by renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty


Annie Leibovitz – Photographer – Biography.com Annie_Leibovitz-SF-1-CropAnnie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz, considered one of America’s best portrait photographers, developed her trademark use of bold colors and poses while at ‘Rolling Stone.’


Photographer Annie Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. In 1970 she landed a job at Rolling Stone and went on to create a distinctive look for the publication as chief photographer. In 1983 she began working for the entertainment magazine Vanity Fair, continuing to produce images that would be deemed iconic and provocative. Having also worked on high-profile advertising campaigns, Leibovitz’s images have been showcased in several books and major exhibitions around the world.

Anna-Lou Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. She was one of six children born to Sam, an Air Force lieutenant, and Marilyn Leibovitz, a modern dance instructor. In 1967, Leibovitz enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute, where (although initially studying painting) she developed a love for photography.After living briefly on an Israeli kibbutz, the statuesque Leibovitz returned to the U.S. and applied for a job with the start-up rock music magazine Rolling Stone in 1970. Impressed with Leibovitz’s portfolio, which included an image of counter-culture icon Allen Ginsberg, editor Jann Wenner offered her a job as a staff photographer. Within two years, the 23-year-old Leibovitz was promoted to chief photographer, a title she would hold for the next decade. Her position with the magazine afforded her the opportunity to accompany the Rolling Stones band on their 1975 international tour, though she lost herself from the experience and ended up grappling with a crippling drug addiction.While with Rolling Stone, Leibovitz developed her trademark technique, which involved the use of bold primary colors and surprising poses, as seen with a 1979 Bette Midler cover inspired by the rock music film The Rose. Leibovitz is credited with making many Rolling Stone covers collector’s items, including an issue that featured a nude John Lennon curled around his fully clothed wife, Yoko Ono. Taken on December 8, 1980, Leibovitz’s Polaroid of the former Beatle was shot just hours before his death.



Christine Crosby

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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