Photographing her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh
Posted on 30th October 2014
EXCITING NEWS! …Beverley & Rachael Foster are now Royal Photographers!!
Anyone recognize these famous faces? Here at The Fosters we are so happy to reveal our exciting news. We were contacted earlier this year by Paul White, owner of ISP ( International Security Printers LTD ) asking us to cover the opening of his new 8 million pound premises. This company makes millions of stamps not only for the UK but also for many countries around the world.
We were told that a member of the royal family was to open the plant but as it was early days we were not sure who that would be.
We then received the call to say that for the first time in twenty years both her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip were to come to Wolverhampton to open the factory, and that we were to have the amazing opportunity to photograph probably the most famous couple in the world!
The Queen arrived at Wolverhampton Railway Station together with her private secretary and Equerry as well as her lady in waiting and from here proceeded on to the factory with outriders and security very much on show.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson CBE CStJ. After formal greetings with the owners of the firm, Mr and Mrs Paul White and Mr and Mrs Ian Brigham, her majesty and the Duke were presented to the many VIP guests that had flown in from around the world including The Managing directors of postal services from the UK, France, Luxembourg, and Japan.
We then photographed the introductions and the tour of the new factory. The Queen loved to look at all the displays especially erected for her to view. Both Beverley and I could not believe we were looking through our camera at The Queen herself, she was absolutely fantastic, full of smiles and Prince Philip was on full form, joking and smiling throughout the visit.
After both myself and Beverley had accompanied the Queen and the Duke around the factory, the best moment was when Her Majesty looked right at us and gave us the kindest smile, it was lovely! We took up positions in the reception area where we took photographs of the queen signing the guest book and unveiling the plaque after which the owners of the business presented the Queen with a special gift, The Duke quipped ” could you post that on?“…what a great couple.
This is a life time achievement for us both! Beverley and I are brimming with pride and we still cannot actually believe that it’s happened….The queen appeared and all too soon disappeared. With just 45 minutes to capture this wonderful occasion for our clients we managed to get some wonderful memories for them, and of course for ourselves.
Take a look at some of the news articles which published the event today –