QUEEN ELIZABETH II is a keen photographer and takes her photo albums with her whenever she travels, a royal source has revealed.
The Queen has been spotted throughout the years snapping pictures with her old-fashioned camera. The monarch also obsessively preserves her photos and memories in well-kept albums, which she takes with her whenever she travels, according to a source.
The royal insider told The Sun’s Fabulous Digital: “Her monogrammed leather navy albums of the pictures she has taken of her travels and her family and pets travel with her wherever she goes.
“They are packed up by her senior page, Paul Whybrew, and taken to all her homes, even to Balmoral, where she goes over summer.”
The Queen does not bring her albums while travelling abroad on royal duty, however.
The source continued: “The only time when they are not accessible to her is when she goes on a State visit to a foreign country.”
The Queen, who aged 93, still carries out several official engagements every year, only stopped travelling abroad in 2015.
The last country she visited as part of an official tour was Malta, the country where she lived with Prince Philip for two years as newlyweds.
While the Queen was often spotted with a camera even on official tours.
The monarch famously filmed part of her coronation world tour in 1953.
Three decades later, in 1982, the Queen was spotted taking photographs with her gold Rollei camera while touring the South Pacific.
The Queen isn’t the only member of the Royal Family to love photography.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, is also a keen photographer and, just like the monarch, loves to use a Leica camera, the source added.
Over the years, the Duchess has taken some sweet portraits of her children published by Kensington Palace to mark their birthdays, together with photographs of her travels.
In 2017, Kate was honoured by the Royal Photography Society (RPS) with a lifetime honorary membership for her baby pictures.
Chief executive Michael Pritchard praised the Duchess for her photographic “talent and enthusiasm”.
He said: “She is latest in a long line of royal photographers and the society is pleased to recognise her talent.”
Speaking about Kate’s love for photography, a Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “The Duchess has a longstanding interest in photography, and this patronage will further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity can have on emotional wellbeing, particularly for children and young people.”
The RPS was founded in 1853 and supported at the time by the patronage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Among the pictures taken by Kate, there are the three portraits of Prince George shared in July to mark his six birthday.
One of the snaps portrayed the little Cambridge smiling and wearing the England jersey, with the three lions proudly displayed on his chest.