David Bailey recalls photographing the Queen ‘bold style’ for royal portraits

David Bailey has recalled enjoying his photo session with the Queen, describing the late king as “wonderful” and “cheeky”.

The 84-year-old photographer, known for documenting Swinging’s 60s in London and beyond, captured the Queen in 2014.

His portrait shows Elizabeth II smiling and wearing sapphire jewelry given to her by her father King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.


The Duke of Wales looks at David Bailey’s portrait of his grandmother (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

In 2017, it was re-released to mark the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

Speaking to PA news agency at the Vision And Sound exhibition launch at 45 Park Lane, Bailey recounted that the royal sitting was in no hurry.

When asked if the image would take on any new meaning after the Queen’s death on September 8, he said: “I think I liked it when I made it. I like her very much. I think she is wonderful.

“She gave me plenty of time to do that. I said, “three changes?”, and she said, “no, I’ll give you two”, so I said, “that’s fine”.

“And I did the paintings and enjoyed it and she loved it too, I think.”

He added: “She’s pretty daring.”

Talking about his love of photographing people, Bailey said: “I always work with people. It was never a matter of photography. You are never alone in some way. You always have someone.

“I tend to prefer photographing people over landscapes – and I can’t speak to a tree.”

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David Bailey in the premiere of Bailey: Vision And Sound (Ian West/PA)

Bailey added that he rarely goes shooting with a plan for his subject.

“I never had an idea,” he said. I just wait until it happens. I just hope something happens or hope I say something that will make them repeat it or, I don’t know, whatever.

“We always get something. I try to stop them from falling asleep – joking or something.”

The exhibition showcases the faces behind the music that has shaped the past 60 years, including portraits of Miles Davis, Sir Mick Jagger, David Bowie and The Beatles.

It also includes never-before-seen cover recordings of the albums by Alice Cooper and The Rolling Stones, and behind-the-scenes footage of the rock band Queen at Live Aid.

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