Royal Photographer Recalls Calling The Queen “Girl” In An Awkward Moment, and Her Funny Response
Photographer David Bailey has been taking pictures of famous people throughout his life. So he knows a thing or two about how to get even royal subjects, who are known to be a bit camera shy, to loosen up for the perfect shot. One time one of his tricks led to a rather awkward moment.
While working with the Queen back in 2014 he tried to get her to smile by asking her if “the jewels” she had on were real in an interview with The Telegraph. The photographer recalled, “I said: ‘I bet that cost a few bob, girl’.” He admitted that it was a slightly inappropriate pet name for Her Majesty when he called the then 88-year-old royal “girl.” When asked if he really did call her “girl”, Bailey responded, “It just came out. I call everyone ‘girl’.” Fortunately, the late Queen had a cheeky sense of humor herself. Bailey assured that she wasn’t offended, explaining that “she was girlish. Made a real effort. We had a laugh. Beautiful skin, the Queen.”
The seasoned photographer also made another revelation… this time about the late Princess Diana. The Princess of Wales was popular for her sense of fashion and her iconic hairstyle. But Bailey openly confessed that when it came to Diana’s 1980s heavily hair-sprayed look, he wasn’t a fan. During a special sitting with her, he admitted that the royal had “terrible hair” when he photographed her and likened it to being as “solid as a plastic dummy.” But Princess Diana had a magnanimous personality. When an assistant accidentally dropped a light on her head, she was gracious about the incident. “I thought, oh F**k!” he said of the moment it happened, but fortunately Diana responded, “‘Don’t think about it; it was a terrible accident.’ I told her she had been very magnanimous,” he told the publication. “That’s right, because she asked me what magnanimous meant.”
The royal family is currently dealing with the loss of their Queen. Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now the king and will be referred to as King Charles III according to BBC. Charles’ wife, Camilla, is the Queen Consort and his son and daughter-in-law William and Kate are now titled Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge. He asked for seven days of mourning to grieve his mother’s death. According to a statement: Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, it is His Majesty The King’s wish that a period of Royal Mourning be observed from now until seven days after The Queen’s Funeral. The date of the Funeral will be confirmed in due course.Royal Mourning will be observed by Members of the Royal Family, Royal Household staff and Representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, together with troops committed to Ceremonial Duties.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also paid tribute to the late Queen by making their Archewell foundation’s website a single black page, reading “In loving memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 1926-2022.” The children of Duke and Duchess of Sussex can now use royal titles after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8. According to ET Online 3-year-old Archie Harrison and 15-month-old Lilibet Diana, are now officially entitled to be called prince and princess since their grandfather, King Charles III, has ascended the throne. Currently, Harry is fifth in line to ascend the throne, while his children Archie and Lilibet are sixth and seventh, respectively. After the birth of their first daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the couple explained that she is named after both the Queen and Princess Diana. “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales,”