The Royal Family account shared three throwback photographs showing “a few moments where the Queen has been pictured behind the lens” to mark the occasion.
One image features Prince Charles and Princess Anne being shown how to use a camera by the Queen, taken at Balmoral in 1952. Many claim the image is significantly poignant as currently the Queen and fellow senior royals are at Balmoral amid “crisis talks” related to the Prince Andrew scandal.
The second image featured the head of state behind a yellow compact camera during a visit to the South Sea islands of Tuvalu in 1982, and features the monarch with the late Duke of Edinburgh at her side.
The third showing the Queen posing with the same camera originates from Lindsay Park Stud in South Australia, and was taken in 1977.The post from the Royal Family account comes as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William marked the occasion by recognising some of Britain’s youngest photographers.
The Duchess is a keen amateur photographer and often shares images she has taken of her children to mark their birthdays, or occasions such as their participation in the Big Butterfly Count earlier this month.
In a Twitter post, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeted to mark the national day by saying: “Photography has an amazing ability to create a lasting record of what we have all experienced & are experiencing.
“That’s why this #WorldPhotographyDay we wanted to celebrate the youth of the #HoldStill2020 photography project and share images from the youngest finalists”. The hashtag #HoldStill2020 refers to a photography initiative coined by the couple during lockdown, where they asThe Duchess whittled more than 31,000 entries down to a top 100 alongside a panel of five judges, and some images from the youngest finalists were shared on social media today.
Alongside the series of images, the tweet reads: “There is so much talent, creativity, and curiosity displayed in each and every one of these pictures”. The youngest photographer, four-year-old Coni, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire snapped her mum administering an at-home haircut to her partner.
While another image shared by 17-year-old Marcella, shows her mother home-schooling her little brother when schools were closed for much of the pandemic members of the public to capture images that reflect the Covid-19 pandemic to be used in a digital exhibition.
The images are curated in a book released by the Duchess earlier this year entitled , “Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020” which features the 100 final portraits selected from the entrants.
The book, which explains why the concept means so much to Kate, topped the bestseller list on its first day of release.
The introduction reads: “When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers.
“But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal.
“Through Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of what we were all experiencing – to capture individuals’ stories and document significant moments for families and communities as we lived through the pandemic.”
The National Portrait Gallery, London, is the home and archive of the images and in a tweet they referred to this being an “honour”, and stated it was “lovely to see these brilliant images again”.