With the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II I’ve thought back to the years I travelled through the Commonwealth, to all but a handful of the countries, as official photographer on the Queen’s Baton Relay for both the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and also the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. During those trips I caught a glimpse into the various depictions of Her Majesty QEII through the Commonwealth that she loved.
From official government residences and offices, to bowling clubs, and to a beach where the Royals came ashore in Tu’valu, I saw the mementos, plaques, statues and official paintings and photographs of Her Majesty. Some were more beautiful than others, some were badly presented, some were nicely positioned.
It became an interesting little side project on the baton relay, as I’d enter the official buildings, or golf clubs, and I’d be on the look out for depictions of the Queen. Sometimes it’d be an official painting, and one that I’d seen before in a different country. Or sometimes it’d be a small photograph high up on the wall beside the air conditioning unit. I would photograph them all, from close and afar.
A fascinating look at QEII through the Commonwealth, and the various styles in which she is depicted.
Thank you for looking.