Queen Elizabeth graces the cover of Vanity Fair's Summer issue

Queen Elizabeth II Covers 'Vanity Fair' in Honor of Her 90th Birthday
Queen Elizabeth II Covers 'Vanity Fair' in Honor of Her 90th Birthday

Queen Elizabeth graces the cover of this year's Vanity Fair Summer issue with her adorable corgis in honor of Her Majesty's 90th birthday.

The cover shoot, shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, shows the Queen at home at Windsor Castle surrounded by her beloved pets.

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"The most moving, important thing about this shoot is that these were all her ideas," Leibovitz told Vanity Fair about the photos, two of which are exclusive to the publication. "She wanted to be photographed with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; her daughter, Anne, the Princess Royal; and her corgis. I was told how relaxed she was at Windsor, and it was really true. You get the sense of how at peace she was with herself, and very much enthralled with her family."

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The rest of the issue, which hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles (as well as electronic devices) on Thursday, June 2, before being available nationally on Tuesday, June 7, features testimonials from other people who have worked closely with the Queen.

In one particular story from former private secretary Sir Kenneth Scott recounts a funny moment when a stranger came up to Queen Elizabeth at a shop and said, "You look just like the Queen!," to which she responded, "How very reassuring!"

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