What can I say about this photo that hasn’t already been said? It’s magnificent. The Queen of Scotland in her honored finery.
The Queen, still majestic (perhaps even more so) at 87 years, stands regal on the Scottish landscape. Her sweeping green Thistle robes are complimented by the Grand Duchess Vladimir tiara, which is mounted with emeralds. She looks into the distance – is it to see what was, or what will be?
Certainly the latter, I feel, since Scotland is pushing for independence from the United Kingdom. That alone makes the image all the more poignant.
Below, a painting of the Queen that was done by William Hutchinson. She is swathed in the same emerald green robes and the magnificent tiara.
Somehow, it does not capture the Queen in the way that the photo has captured her. The painting is warm, traditional, and safe. It is a young Elizabeth, adorned with chestnut brown hair and a serene look that has yet to see the challenges and highlights of sovereignty.
So what is it that makes the photograph so much… more? The answer is time. The passage of time is what makes the image more moving. With all that has passed, you see the Queen on a deeper level. She most likely does, too.