‘You can’t make me!’ The Queen’s portrait photographer reveals Her Majesty’s cheeky retort when he asked her to smile – and says he instantly knew he had ‘something special’

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  • Ronald McKennie photographed the late monarch at his Windsor Castle home
  • Speaking to Lorraine, he said he could tell the image was ‘something special’.
  • Recalls how the Queen said: ‘Well, you can’t make me’ when she asked him to smile
  • Queen’s funeral: All the latest news and coverage from the royal family

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The royal photographer, who captured a portrait of the joyful Queen released on the eve of her funeral, revealed Her Majesty’s witty remark when he asked her to smile – and said he could tell right away The image was ‘something special’.

Ronald McKechney photographed the late monarch at his Windsor Castle home in May ahead of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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Speaking to Lorraine TODAY, he recalled how the Queen quipped: ‘Well, you can’t make me,’ when he asked her to smile. She laughed when he replied ‘Okay, you can try.’

The unseen image was released ahead of Her Majesty’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, and showed the Queen neatly twirling her hair while dressed in a light blue dress.

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She wore her favorite three-strand pearl necklace, pearl earrings, and her aquamarine and diamond clip brooch, marking the 18th birthday of her father, George VI.

The royal photographer (pictured) who captured a portrait of the joyful Queen released on the eve of her funeral, revealed Her Majesty’s witty remark – and said he could immediately tell the image was ‘something special’.

Ronald McKechney photographed the late monarch at his Windsor Castle home before the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in May

Ronald McKechney photographed the late monarch at his Windsor Castle home before the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in May

Ronald – who said he was ‘very proud’ of his last image of the late monarch – released the Queen’s official jubilee portrait in June to mark the start of a national celebration for her milestone 70-year reign. Took it too.

Speaking on the ITV programme, he said that the picture is ‘one of those moments, when you know, as soon as you’ve taken it, you’ve got something special’.

He recalled: ‘We had a great rapport, we started with the second shot, and we’re all set… and she came, and walked in, and we said “hello”, and then she just looks at me and says “What do you want?”

‘ And I said “Okay, I want you to smile and look happy”. She looked back at me and said, “Well, you can’t make me”, and I said, “Okay, you can try”.

‘ And she laughed. It was very light, and as I said she has done this many times before, so she makes it easy for you.’

Recalling his first meeting with the Queen for a picture, he said: ‘That was 10 years ago at Buckingham Palace.

Ronald - who said he was 'very proud' of his last image of the late monarch - released the Queen's official jubilee portrait in June to mark the start of a national celebration for her milestone 70-year reign. Took it too.

Ronald – who said he was ‘very proud’ of his last image of the late monarch – released the Queen’s official jubilee portrait in June to mark the start of a national celebration for her milestone 70-year reign. Took it too.

Speaking to Lorraine TODAY, he recalled how the Queen quipped: 'Well, you can't make me,' when he asked her to smile.  She laughed when he replied 'Okay, you can try.'

Speaking to Lorraine TODAY, he recalled how the Queen quipped: ‘Well, you can’t make me,’ when he asked her to smile. She laughed when he replied ‘Okay, you can try.’

‘Your head is full of all the protocols… how to bow down, what to do, so you can mess with that a little bit. But once you’re taking pictures, it moves a little bit.’

Following the Queen’s funeral, a weary King Charles will now be ‘recovery’ at Balmoral before resuming his duties – with France reportedly set for his first overseas trip.

The new monarch, who has entered a period of seven days of royal mourning, is said to have chosen the country as a surprising first place after she sparred with Emmanuel Macron over environmental issues. .

Instead of visiting one of his Commonwealth territories on his first overseas trip, Charles is expected to head to Paris as soon as next month, which could include Germany.

The Foreign Office, which makes final decisions on royal visits, is said to be keen to use the monarchy’s diplomatic power to improve relations with major European neighbors after Brexit.

The King and Queen Consort arrived in Scotland yesterday for a short break to mourn the passing of the late Queen.

But sources close to the monarch said he was ‘excited’ by the public’s support in recent days, and his staff is now busy behind the scenes to complete Project Grandfather of the Nation.

King Charles III is said to have struck up a relationship with President Macron over their shared interest in the environment (he is seen at a gathering of world leaders on Sunday)

King Charles III is said to have struck up a relationship with President Macron over their shared interest in the environment (he is seen at a gathering of world leaders on Sunday)

Sources close to Raja say that even after exhausting two weeks full of official engagements, he is still sad and feeling exhausted.

A source said, “Balmoral is a place where Raja can see his family as well as read his red official boxes. Sun,

‘It’s a place where he can recover and move on in state business. That’s exactly what the Queen Consort said when Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to her so she liked it.’

As well as creating a useful opportunity to strengthen ties with a major European power, a visit to France could also help draw attention to a major African plantation plan, which both Charles and Mr Macron support. Wire,

While the king cannot express his opinion on political issues, Mr Macron may organize a visit to include an exhibition about the Great Green Wall project.

The ambitious initiative aims to plant trees 30 miles wide across the African continent to delay the spread of the Sahara and fight climate change.

King Charles and Mr Macron are said to have a ‘warm friendship’, and shared a stage at Cop26 in Glasgow last year to encourage what the royal called a ‘precious opportunity’ to help save the planet said.

The French president was widely praised for his poignant tribute to the Queen in English, praising her ‘intelligence and empathy’: ‘To you, she was your queen. For us, she was the queen’.

He also confirmed that he had invited the king for a state visit to France, saying: “I had the opportunity to invite the king …

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