British Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth on the cover of Vanity Fair

And of course her four corgis were right by her side!

By Katie Skelly
From Queen of England to cover girl, is there anything this 90-year-old royal can’t do?
Sitting comfortably in the lush gardens of her Windsor Castle home, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch posed happily in a stunning Vanity Fair cover shot by iconic photographer, Annie Leibovitz.
Her Majesty graces the summer issue of Vanity Fair for the second time.
Perched on a bench covered by a blue blanket, Queen Elizabeth II is surrounded by her four loyal corgis and dorgies Willow, Vulcan, Candy and Holly.
And it was an idea thought up by the Queen herself!
“The most moving, important thing about this shoot is that these were all her ideas,” Annie, 66, said to Vanity Fair.
“She wanted to be photographed with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; her daughter, Anne, the Princess Royal; and her corgis.”
The 90-year-old has always adored her corgis.
“I was told how relaxed she was at Windsor, and it was really true. You get the sense of how at peace she was with herself, and very much enthralled with her family.”
The photographer, who previously shot stunning portraits of the monarch in her home almost a decade ago, was referring to the jaw-dropping family portraits released in late April to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
A particularly intimate family portrait showed Her Majesty with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren, sitting in the Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle.
Check out the spectacular portraits by hitting the link below!
As the youngest, little Charlotte sat atop her great-grandmother’s knee whilst cheeky George proudly showed off his knee-high socks next to them.
And if the snap wasn’t already sweet enough, two-year-old Mia Tindall was pictured clinging to the monarch’s handbag as if it were a prized possession – a moment that was recently revealed as totally unplanned.
Watch Mike Tindall talk about his cheeky daughter's role in the royal snap, in the video player below. Post continues!
Also pictured in the portrait is eight-year-old James, Viscount Severn and his sister, Lady Louise, 12, whose parents are The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
The Queen's other granddaughter's Savannah, five, and Isla Phillips three, who are daughters of The Queen's oldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn also stand tall next to the 90-year-old.
Another portrait released earlier this year to mark the momentous birthday shows the 90-year-old with her only daughter Anne, The Princess Royal.
Anne is incredibly close to the Queen.
The 55-year-old posed alongside her mother, placing her arm lovingly around her, as they reclinef on a plush couch in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.
Her Majesty was clearly thrilled to be in her daughter's company.
The new issue of Vanity Fair (which is bound to include more incredible photographs!) will hit UK newsstands later this week.

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