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Mike has not only pho­tographed the Queen on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, he has also met her for­mally on many world tours. But the great­est mo­ment of all was in 2005 for the in­vesti­ture of his OBE…

What’s your favourite mem­ory of pho­tograph­ing the Queen?

I think the Derby at Ep­som, when she was jump­ing in the air be­cause her horse was out on its own [right]. It will never hap­pen again. Have you ever been able to men­tion that to her?

No, never. When the Queen pre­sented me with an OBE at the Palace, you only get 30 sec­onds with a mem­ber of the Royal Fam­ily. She said: “It’s un­usual be­ing on this side of the cam­era, isn’t it?” I said: “It is Ma’am.” She started talk­ing about Bri­tan­nia, and I had some of my hap­pi­est mo­ments with her on Bri­tan­nia, in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Canada, al­though I never stayed on it. She started rem­i­nisc­ing, and the next thing I know I’m into two and a half min­utes with the Queen in­stead of 30 sec­onds. She said: “You know, I do miss it, so much.” I said, “Ma’am, not as much as I miss it.”

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