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Bryan Adams Shared Memories of the Time He Photographed Queen Elizabeth II

Photo Credit: Mark Horton / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Mark Horton / Getty Images

Bryan Adams truly is a jack of all trades. A singer, songwriter, and talented performer, Adams also has another profession under his belt as an award-winning photographer with features in major publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair.

Adams recently reminisced on an extra special photograph taken 20 years ago of Queen Elizabeth II to mark her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The photo was later featured on a special edition postage stamp in Adams’s home country, Canada. The singer shared the photo on his Twitter to pay respects to the monarch, who died on September 8, 2022.

The photo of the Queen is candid and classic – you can barely tell that Adams was only given five minutes to take it!

Adams told Yahoo! Entertainment how the rare opportunity came about:

“They called me and said, ‘Would you like to represent Canada and photograph the Queen?’ Well, actually the original conversation was: ‘Are you free on Wednesday?’ And I said, ‘Yeah… why?’ He goes, ‘Would you like to photograph the Queen?’ I said, ‘Where would that be?’ And he says, ‘Oh, it would be her house.’”

Bryan Adams poses next to his portrait of the Queen at an exhibit
Bryan Adams stands in his exhibition “Exposed” in the gallery Camera Work next to the photo he took of Queen Elizabeth. (Photo Credit: Jens Kalaene / Picture Alliance via Getty Images)

The photo wasn’t just taken at the Queen’s house, it was taken at Buckingham Palace in a foyer that led to one of the palace gardens – thus the rain boots (or wellies, as Queen Elizabeth would call them) and umbrella by the window, which tells a story about the Queen’s two lives as a monarch as well as a mother, grandmother, and a lover of the outdoors.

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“I asked her to sit there because she was about to leave, and all the photographers that work with her get five minutes … And as she was leaving, I said, ‘Ma’am, do you mind just sitting on the chair for a moment?’ explained Adams. “She was very at ease and made me feel comfortable,” Adams recalled. “I hope I did the same.”

Elisabeth Edwards

Elisabeth Edwards is a public historian and history content writer. After completing her Master’s in Public History at Western University in Ontario, Canada Elisabeth has shared her passion for history as a researcher, interpreter, and volunteer at local heritage organizations.

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