The Royal Wedding: William and Kate

The Royal Wedding: William and Kate

The most anticipated wedding of the year has come and gone. Prince William and Kate Middleton are officially a married couple. In a beautiful ceremony in Westminster Abbey among world leaders and close friends, the couple exchanged vows. After the ceremony, the couple made their way to Buckingham Palace where they shared the much-anticipated kiss. Following a ceremony hosted by the Queen in Buckingham Palace, the couple drove off in an Aston Martin with Prince William in the driver’s seat. While at Buckingham Palace, William and Kate posed for official photographs with their families.

Friday’s Royal Wedding may not have ushered in a new dawn for the royal family, but it certainly proved that the British still know how to combine pageantry, solemnity and romance better than anyone else in the world. Carrying on the royal tradition of taking a title upon marriage, Prince William and Kate Middleton became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The title dates back to the early 18th century during the Stuart rule, and the title has been extinct since 1981 when the last Duke of Cambridge died without an heir. The Queen also gave William the titles of Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, titles which Kate also came into when they were married.

Viewers can read more about The Royal Wedding in The New York Times here.

The Royal Wedding in 60 Seconds

The Royal Wedding Vows

The Royal Wedding: William and Kate Kiss on the Balcony

Slide Show: The Royal Wedding of William and Kate

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The Royal Wedding: Grand Pomp and Circumstance

The Royal Wedding: Grand Pomp and Circumstance

The Royal Wedding is a short film documenting the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, as interpreted by the royal popsicle-stick finger puppets. What you will see in this short film is exactly what millions of people from all around the world will be watching tomorrow when Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the royal knot. All the pomp and circumstance! All the drama and all the British accents! Just watch!!

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The Royal Wedding: Grand Pomp and Circumstance

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In the Face of a Camera: The Melodramatic Imagination

An Official Portrait: Queen Elizabeth II

Photography by: Annie Leibovitz

Natassja Kinski, Vogue Magazine (1981)

Photography by: Richard Avedon

Women by the Windows

Photography by: Harry Callahan

Carl Sandburg Waiting in a Chicago Nursing Home

Photography by: Lee Balterman

Contrasting Complement: Ken Moody and Robert Sherman

Photography by: Robert Mapplethorpe

A Fleeting Tender Moment

Photography by: Robert Mapplethorpe

Marilyn Monroe, New York City (1957)

Photography by: Richard Avedon

Barren Trees: Winter on Chicago’s Lake Michigan

Photography by: Harry Callahan

Just About Half-Past Ten, it’s Raining Men! Hallelujah! Amen!

The Last Words Never Spoken

Alone in the Subway Tunnel

Mikhail Barishnekov: The Piano Strut

Photography by: Annie Leibovitz

Alone at Night: Quiet Solitude at the Shore

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Queen Elizabeth by Annie Leibovitz: Her Majesty Loses Her Cool!

The Official Portrait of Queen Elizabeth

Photography by:  Annie Leibovitz

From today’s edition of The London Daily Mail:

This is the extraordinary moment the Queen lost her temper and stormed out of a photoshoot, after a celebrity photographer dared ask her to remove her crown.

Less dressy? What do you think this is?”

Photography by:  Annie Leibovitz

The astonishing footage is taken from a new BBC documentary entitled A Year With The Queen and captures the moment when Her Majesty lost her cool.

During the program, US celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz sizes up the Queen in her full regalia and ventures: “I think it will look better without the crown, because the garter robe is so…”

Before the photographer can finish saying “extraordinary”, the Queen raises her eyebrows, fixes Leibovitz with an icy stare, and snaps: “Less dressy? What do you think this is?” pointing to what she is wearing.

TV cameras followed the Queen storming off, with an official lifting the large train of her blue velvet cape off the floor as the Queen tells her lady-in-waiting: “I’m not changing anything.  I’ve had enough dressing like this thank you very much.”

Photography by:  Annie Leibovitz

You can read more and see a short video here.

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Queen Elizabeth by Annie Leibovitz

Queen Elizabeth: Photography by Annie Leibovitz

This is the atmospheric picture of Queen Elizabeth taken by Annie Leibovitz in the opulent White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.  The Queen’s pale gold brocade dress, white fur stole and magnificent collection of jewelery emphasize her status, the diamond tiara was a wedding present for her grandmother, Queen Mary, while her pearl drop earrings were given to Queen Victoria when she was 19.

The way in which she gazes wistfully out of the window across the palace gardens, however, hints at a gentler, more fallible side. That essence of humanity is emphasized by the atmospheric lighting and storm clouds gathering outside. Of her photograph, which was commissioned to mark the Queen’s upcoming six-day trip to the United States, Leibovitz stated, “I feel like it’s a documentation and I wanted to take a very simple portrait.”

London Times describes the portrait today:

“An almost ethereal figure, the Queen sits musing amid the sombre splendour of rooms. The mirrors and chandeliers, the patterned carpets and gleaming gilt cut a strong contrast to the natural parkland over which she gazes.

The simple rural pleasures and stately responsibilities of this woman are both represented in this image. A thundery sky casts a lowering light, which picks out a look of quiet determination and plays on the sparkle of jewels. But all around darker shadows seep. Leibovitz uses a Romantic cliché with dramatic effect to evoke the tempestuous times that the Queen has weathered.

But what is she thinking? It is the impenetrability of the sitter’s face that most strikes the viewer. This is a portrait which keeps the viewer at a formal distance.

The soul of this picture is the soul of tradition.”

Annie Leibovitz Taking the Portrait of Queen Elizabeth

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