The Royal Roadshow
The hardest part of official royal photographer, Chris Jackson’s job? Being ready for the unexpected moments and always being in the right position for the perfect shot.
- In the modern era,
the monarchy relies on public opinion to keep going.
Essential for generating this goodwill
of photo opportunities,
such as the ever reliable royal walk about.
These carefully planned and controlled events,
creating counters that feel spontaneous,
as literally in touch with everyday people.
As an officially approved royal photographer,
Chris Jackson's job is to capture these moments.
- What are the tips for getting a good photo
during a royal walk about?
- You always have to preempt what's gonna happen.
Quite often you find yourself in
crowds of thousands of people,
walking through catch a glimpse
or shake hands with the royals.
And that can be a challenge from my point of view,
getting the right position
and getting the best possible shot.
Often, we had a wonderful gifts that thrust into their hands
by members of the public,
you wanna capture that moment
and that's the important part of the term.
A very special job I face graft with the queen
was when she visited Blood Sweat Lands
in the tower of London.
And this was an incredible art installation
that really captured the public's imagination.
Over 888,000 ceramic poppies,
it represented the fallen
and the queen with the Dutch of Edinburgh
walked through this amazing field
in the moat outside the tower.
When I took a sort of low perspective
so it blew out focus all the poppies in the foreground
and it was a lovely moment.
It was clearly a particularly
poignant engagement for the queen.
- [Interviewer] She looks moved, visibly moved.
- [Chris] Yeah.
- Now what on earth is going on in this picture here?
- [Chris] Prince Harry, he is great face for orphanage
it's just that most unexpected things
happen as you bounce panic.
- You get the impression from pictures like that,
that he's a fun person.
- Great sense of fun.
I've been on so many fantastic royal tours
with him where the most unexpected things happen.
I mean, we probably all remember when he raced
Usain Bolt during a visit to Jamaica
and they had an impromptu race
and Prince Harry sprinted off before starting again.
- That is just Prince Harry,
he's just like that and it comes across the family.
- But I think a lot of these things have a deeper message.
I remember going to a clinic in South London,
on what I assume was a fairly straight forward engagement,
but Prince Harry took the first HIV test,
taken by a member of the royal family,
and it was breaking new ground,
continuing the legacy of his mother.
He did a huge amount of work with HIV and AIDS,
and it was a special moment.
Fate is such an important part of royal turns,
if the pictures aren't great,
often the water is not perceived as a huge success
'cause it is a way that people
see what's going on via your pictures.